When the skies cleared this afternoon I visited the Presidio and got a view of the transformed El Polin area. Up the slope from the spring, and past the patch of restored habitat, a huge area has been freed from army-era landfill. The freshly contoured soil is now covered with the green fuzz of weedy grasses, sprouting quickly after the recent rains.
A great spot to see birds, El Polin did not disappoint. A flight of four American Kestrels took off from the brush when I neared a fenced off area. One came back and settled in a tall tree. What a spectacular bird.