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Names for Buffleheads

Postby cedar creek sam » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:31 am

There are lots of local names for ducks, e.g. Old Squaws have a series of local and regional names, like Old Molly (allegedly used in New Jersey in the past), per a list in Gunning for Sea Ducks by G.H. Gillelan.

I've heard Buffleheads called "Hell Divers" and "Butterballs", and "Dippers" so wanted to see what other local names might be in use and start complying a list. If the name is used in another region include that info too. Should be fun to see what we come up with.
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:16 am

Nothing new for Buffs but we call Mergansers "Tweezer Beaks" or "Shell Peckers".....
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Mike the Fox » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:11 pm

Slack Tide wrote:Nothing new for Buffs but we call Mergansers "Tweezer Beaks" or "Shell Peckers".....


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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:16 pm

Mike the Fox wrote:
Slack Tide wrote:Nothing new for Buffs but we call Mergansers "Tweezer Beaks" or "Shell Peckers".....


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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby goldfish » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:26 pm

cedar creek sam wrote:There are lots of local names for ducks, e.g. Old Squaws have a series of local and regional names, like Old Molly (allegedly used in New Jersey in the past), per a list in Gunning for Sea Ducks by G.H. Gillelan.

I've heard Buffleheads called "Hell Divers" and "Butterballs", and "Dippers" so wanted to see what other local names might be in use and start complying a list. If the name is used in another region include that info too. Should be fun to see what we come up with.

I've always known hell divers to be grebes. Pie billed to be exact. Maybe that's why we keep seeing them in tailgate pics from the "hardcore waterfowlers"
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:59 am

goldfish wrote:I've always known hell divers to be grebes. Pie billed to be exact. Maybe that's why we keep seeing them in tailgate pics from the "hardcore waterfowlers"

Wait, what do you call a hell diver? A buff or a merganser? In either case, neither are a grebe.. :huh:
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby cedar creek sam » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:47 pm

Like the merg names too...will add to a list for them!
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Finchasernj » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:51 pm

We call them penguins
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:42 pm

Buffies, and yes lawn darts for the Mergansers.
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby papageno » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:43 am

I first heard 'lawn darts' up here in Maine - where M the Fox hails from… they also call them 'lizards' up here.
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby papageno » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:47 am

Also, for goldeneye… we called them 'whiffers', as in whiffle ball in Maryland while they call them 'whistlers' in Maine… which refers to a swan in Maryland…. they have no idea what a blackhead (Maryland) or broadbill (NJ) is in Maine, either…. just scaup - and you do come across them in certain places up here (Maine).
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Islander marsh runner » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:10 pm

Here's the local names for ducks on lower Chesapeake bay westernshore. Buffleheads are dippers, golden eyes are whifflers, male golden eye is a green head ed s.o.b. lesser scaup are blue bills, greater scaup are bar blue bills, hooded mergansers are hairy heads, ruddy is a hell diver, leather Belly or dollar duck. Mergansers are shell ducks or shell walkers or saw bills, old squaws are sudlins, lonns are gangas, widgeon are baldcrowns, shovelers are spoon bills, ring necks. Are ring bills, woodies are squeakers, brant Are sea geese, pintail are springs or long tails, canvasbacks are long noses, yellow legs are yellow shanks, clapper rails are sage hens, grebe are water witches,scoter are coots, male surf scooter is a skunk head coot, gallinules are blue Pete's or fresh water coot, blue heron is a Johnny crane or blue Johnny and a black duck is a black @)?!$$$ or what ever you can utter unde your breath! :tongue:
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby papageno » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:40 am

I like that rundown….

The 'hairy-head' in merganser has a distinct accent on the Delmarva side that sounds more like 'whorey-head' made from the back of the throat.

There's also 'bald plate' on the shore for widgeon… and definitely 'sprig' for pinnies.

A coot, I believe, is a 'tar-pot'; which might also apply to scoters… I can't recall

'Summer-duck' also for woodies in places - but I don;t think that gets used much any more.
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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:11 pm

papageno wrote:There's also 'bald plate' on the shore for widgeon…

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Re: Names for Buffleheads

Postby papageno » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:33 pm

Thanks SlackTide… new word of the day!!
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