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  • Pigeon Guillemot


    The pigeon guillemot is a small black seabird with a white wing patch and bright orange feet. They are one of Washington's most widespread seabirds. They aren't picky when it comes to nesting and will build their nests in rock crevices, boulder beaches, or burrows in dirt cliffs. The Refuge provides a wide variety of these habitats from which they may choose.

  • Common Murre

    List-COMU-Dan Hershman

    A stark black beak, head, and back contrasted against a snowy white belly distinguish the common murre. Outer coastal islands are very important to the common murre population as these islands are the only place they breed in Washington. The birds prefer to nest on the tops of partially vegetated to bare rock sea stacks and flat-topped islands.  

  • Tufted Puffin


    With a distinctive orange beak, white face mask, blonde forehead plumes, and black body, the tufted puffin is one of the coast's most recognizable birds. Coastal refuges provide important nesting sites for puffins who like to burrow deep in the sod or in rock crevices. The surrounding waters provide a fertile source for their favorite foods including small fish and mollusks. 

  • Double-crested Cormorants


    Double-crested cormorants are a large black bird with a narrow, orange, hooked bill and an orange throat patch. They are commonly seen on a rock or log with their wings outstretched to dry. They nest in pairs or colonies on the islands and sea stacks of the Refuge. Large stick nests may be seen atop flat islands, wide benches, or in trees. Frequent changes to their colony locations make predicting their year-to-year occurrence difficult.