Murres and Puffins nest in close proximity off the Maine Coast, primarily on Matinicus Rock and Seal Island. These are another of the decoys we make for use in Audubon's Seal Island Project. The white stripe around the eye and along the side of the head denotes "bridal plumage," actually seen in only about 10% of the Murres.
The largest of the three shown are what are used in the restoration effort, the smaller two are made for decorative purposes. The tallest stands approximately 14" high (base heights vary). The heads swivel because researchers learned early on that unless they varied the head positions of the decoys, the birds simply were not attracted to them. So since the decoratives are smaller versions of the lifesized ones, they swivel as well. Admittedly it's an unusual feature, but a great conversation starter nonetheless.