The most conspicuous mammal in this habitat is Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani). The summer fog is important in the maintenance of this community. Due to the fog, there is a rich growth of lichens on the branches of the Coyote Bush and California Sage.
Coastal Prairie is a threatened habitat along the central California coast. In winter, Say’s Phoebe can be found in this habitat, and during spring and fall migration seasons, Northern Harrier and Short-eared Owl might be seen hunting over it. The photo to the left shows California fescue (Festuca californica) growing on a steep slope above San Pedro Rock. The second photo to the right shows Pacific Reed-grass (Calamagrostis nutkaenensis.)
Monterey Pine woods
Monterey Pine, while occurring naturally in the Año Nuevo area about 30 miles to the south, was introduced on the headlands. Many birds such as the Pygmy Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, and Steller’s Jay can be found in the small patches of Monterey Pine woods on the headlands. In winter, mixed-species flocks of small insectivorous birds, such as Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees move around from patch to patch.