One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large migratory thrush with a grey head, breeding in northern Eurasia.
Turdus pilaris, family Turdidae
- ‘And the fields below are now empty as the fieldfare have started out on their big journey to who knows where.’
- ‘The berries are startling and I am very much looking forward to the arrival of the northern blackbirds, the fieldfare and redwing.’
- ‘Back at the start again it was noisy, with starlings, fieldfares, and flocks of young children.’
- ‘A hundred fieldfares were nervously shifting from the fields to trees then back to the fields.’
- ‘Many birds are attracted by ornamental berries - blackbirds, starlings, thrushes and mistle thrushes are regularly seen in fruiting trees and bushes, and if you are lucky you may also be visited by fieldfares, redwings and even waxwings.’
- ‘Starlings had the pickings from the grass one side of the hairpin road, fieldfares the other.’
- ‘In the fields there were plenty fieldfares and redwings who are related to the song thrush.’
- ‘It was a rich source of food for many insects and the berries are eaten by a number of birds, including thrushes, fieldfares and waxwings, which are themselves in decline.’
- ‘The redwing, fieldfare and blackbirds are all involved in serious territorial swoops between trees.’
- ‘The first known breeding of fieldfares in Britain was in 1967 when a pair nested in Orkney.’
- ‘We were stopped in our tracks as wave after wave of fieldfares with a soft chirping twittering glided out of tall silver birch trees and on to patches of pasture.’
- ‘Most observations relate to larks, pipits and finches but kestrels are capable of taking such quarry as fieldfares, turtle doves and lapwing.’
- ‘The snowfall had died out, a heron and a flock of fieldfares put in an appearance.’
- ‘Redwing journey here non-stop from southern Scandinavia often in company with fieldfares and blackbirds.’
- ‘We left the green and its old houses and found ourselves on a flat plateau of pastureland with sheep, seagulls, fieldfares and long views over Bilsdale to the east.’
- ‘The first sign of autumn is the arrival of fieldfares and redwings coming back from their summer holidays in Scandinavia, pausing to pig out on rowan berries.’
- ‘Soon we turned our backs on lovely Wensleydale, took some fine tracks, including Folly Lane, and crossed a high and empty landscape under a sky full of fieldfares.’
- ‘There was a fieldfare, and a couple of birdwatchers with bigger binoculars and more knowledge than me said they had seen a female sparrow hawk and 30 widgeon.’
- ‘A finch-like flock flurried on a field and high in the sky a fast-gliding flock, perhaps of fieldfares, split then re-emerged.’
- ‘Back on the tops, a flock of fieldfares had gathered in a pasture but were soon frightened off by a kestrel.’
Late Old English feldefare, perhaps from feld ‘field’ + the base of faran ‘to travel’ (see fare).
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