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Related websites and books:
For information about the animals of Point Loma visit:
Cabrillo National Monument

For a list of the 95 bird species seen in the Park click here (pdf file)

For a checklist of San Diego birds visit:
San Diego Audubon Society

For information about birds of the area, see the San Diego Audubon and Famosa Slough websites

For a checklist of San Diego reptiles visit:
San Diego Natural History Museum

Chapter 4: Life on the "Island": Animals
Cabrillo National Monument Foundation
"Understanding the LIfe of Point Loma"

Sunset Cliffs Animals

Surrounded by water and residential development, Point Loma is a biologically isolated from other native environments. However, there are about 20 species of mammals, a dozen reptiles, and more than 200 species of birds observed on the Point. Many of these have been sighted at Sunset Cliffs. A survey conducted in 2002 found pocket mice, deer mice, cactus mice, and desert wood rats in addition to the more common desert cottontail and ground squirrel. The survey also lists many reptile and bird species during a two-day study.



The water that surrounds three sides of Point Loma creates a vagrant trap for migrating birds. The birds will stop to rest and feed before continuing their migration. This makes the area a prime for bird watching. In 2009, a survey of birds at SCNP was begun. The findings are posted on the Cornell Ornithology Labs eBird website. To date, nearly 100 species have been observed. In addition to the species such as hawks, sparrow, finches, gnatcatchers, and wrens that frequent the upland area, many pelagic species can be observed from the cliff edge including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and wading shorebirds.



Among the many reptiles known to reside on Point Loma, the side-blotched lizard, western fence lizard and alligator lizards are common in the Park. There are frequent sightings of gopher snakes, and western yellow-bellied racer.

For information: SCNP information