Deception Pass Cliffside Swantown Crescent Harbor Mariners Cove Hastie Point Maylors Point Forbes Point Rolling Hills Monroe Landing Coupeville Harrington Colonies Unknown Fort Casey Keystone Ledgewood Hancock North Pratts Bluff Lagoon North Lagoon South Malmo Bluff Shore Meadow Mutiny Sands Limpet Lane Double Bluff Possession Point

Interactive Map of Colonies

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Harrington South

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The Harrington South colony is a very rocky located on a private beach with no public access.  The bluff of Harrington South reach 70-90 feet.  An average of 20 adults are associated with this colony, and beach walkers are very infrequent.

Possession Point


The Posession Point colony picture coming soon. The colony is located on a private beach with bluff reaching 70 feet.


Double Bluff

dbl blffThe Double Bluff Colony is located north of the point from Useless Bay.  The bluff is prone to winter sloughing, averaging 80-100 feet high.  This colony of Pigeon Guillemots are scattered along this reach.  Beach walkers are infrequent.


Limpet Lane

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Limpet Lane is a small colony that is located on a private beach.


Mutiny Sands


Mutiny Sands is located on a private beach with no public access.  The bluff of Mutiny Sands are low (40-60 feet) with some burrows as low as 20 feet high.  This is a colony that starts their prey deliveries slightly later than others, with an average number of 40 adults associated with the colony. Beach Walkers with dogs are very frequent, this is a busy beach.


Shore Meadow

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Shore Meadows colony is located on a private beach.


Malmo Bluff

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Malmo Bluff is located on a private beach.  The bluff is over 100 feet tall. some beach walkers with dogs are seen at this colony.


Lagoon South

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Lagoon South is located on private property.

Lagoon North

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The Lagoon colonies are scattered.

The first colony is near a rock outfall about a half hour’s walk  This is the largest colony of the group; there are about 50 adults and about 10 active burrows.  The birds are active and often hang out on the rocks.  The next colony is about 5 minutes walk north.  There are only about 8 adults and 2 burrows.  The third colony is another 10 minutes walk north close to Lake Hancock.  There are about 25 adults and 5 burrows in this colony.

Pratt’s Bluff

Pratts Bluff

Pratt’s Bluff is located on a private beach on the east side of Whidbey Island North of Greenbank farm. The bluffs are high, averaging around 80 feet.  Beach walkers very infrequent.


Hancock North


Hancock North is located on private lands.  Most of the burrows are located at the top of these high bluffs.  Very few beach walkers, but lots of fisher people during the salmon runs.  The beach is very rocky and the volunteers who monitor this site keep a keen eye on the tide, because, like with Ledgewood one could be stranded at high tide.  These bluffs are prone to sloughing, and there has been some landslides.




The Ledgewood Pigeon Guillemot colony is located near Lake Hancock. No access at high tide.  Beach walkers very infrequent.



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This is one of the easiest places to see Pigeon Guillemots. In fact, you hardly need to get out of your car.  The birds begin to gather here in large numbers in January- March and about thirty adults remain here throughout the breeding season.  They nest on the derelict structure to the east of the parking lot.  Pictured are Guillemots still in various stages of winter plumage.
Directions:  The park and boat launch are just east of the Keystone Ferry landing on hwy 20.  It is site #30 in Getting to the Water´s Edge.


Fort Casey


Fort Casey description coming soon.



Harrington North

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The Harrington North Colony is located on a private beach with no public access.  The Bluffs of Harrington are medium high averaging 40 feet.  An average of 14 adult birds associated with the colony. This is a very rocky beach with cobble and erratics that the Pigeon Guillemots like to sit on.




The Coupeville colony is located on the South shore of Penn Cove.  the burrows can be viewed from the wharf in downtown Coupeville.  This is a newly monitored colony with an average of 15 adult birds associated with the colony.


Monroe Landing

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Monroe Landing is located at the north shore of Penn Cove.    This is a small colony with an average of 8 birds and bluff height at 50 feet.


Rolling Hills

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Location: The Rolling Hills colony has no public access; it is located on a private beach.

The colony: Rolling Hills is a rocky beach with minimal human presence. The bluff height at Rolling Hills is of medium height ranging at 40 feet. Rolling Hills houses a large colony of Pigeon Guillemots with over 20 burrows. There is also a noticeable presence of Bald Eagles along the Rolling Hills beach.


Forbes Point


Forbes Point is a colony on the Naval base.  the bluffs are 40-50 feet high.  Some burrows are located part way up the bluff, and others at the top, in the tree root lines.


Maylor’s Point

Maylor Point

Maylor’s Point is located on Whidbey Island NAS reserve, and closed to the public.


Hastie Point

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Hastie Point is on a private beach that has no public access.  This is a very rocky beach. The bluff of Hastie Point are very high (75-100 feet) and prone to winter sloughing.


Mariner’s Cove


Mariner’s Cove is located on the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Reserve, and this very small colony is not currently being monitored.


Crescent Harbor

Crescent Harbor is located on theWhidbey Island Naval Air Station Reserve, and is not currently monitored.



SwantownThe Swantown colony  is prone to sloughing in the winter and is approximately 60 feet high and most of the burrows are near the top.  The water comes right up to the bluff at high tide.  Over the last few years there have been increased Bald Eagle activity.




Cliffside Park is located on Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Reserve.  There are a few erratics that the Pigeon Guillemots like to sit on.


Deception Pass


Deception Pass Bridge on hwy 20 affords a unique view of Pigeon Guillemots. Park on Canoe Island (just after the first bridge) and walk North toward Fidalgo Island on the east side of the bridge. Look over the edge-  On a clear day you can look down on the birds and see them “fly’ underwater. They use their wings to propel themselves through the water.