Brouhaha in a pear tree.

The fieldfare are here and the starlings too. They have a lot of catching up to do since last autumn and they never stop talking.

I thought brouhaha was a children’s word for a lot of noise until I watched a film with French subtitles for the hard of hearing and saw the noise of many voices in a crowd rendered simply as brouhaha. It is the right word to also describe the racket coming from a pear tree laden with ripe fruit this afternoon. No one had bothered to pick it, the fruit was too small, but the birds were loud in their appreciation of the owner’s forgetfulness.

There seems no limit to the variety of sounds that starlings can make. They pop, wheeze, exclaim, whistle and shriek and they shout over one another with a wonderful lack of inhibition. Add a flock of fieldfare, half drunk on the fermenting fruit and the result is as cacophonous as a bar when the football is on. I love this raucous  sound of autumn; everyone has something to say and are determined to say it.

The first snow has fallen on the Black Forest in Germany and on the Grand Ballon in the Voges; tonight there will snow here in the Jura, but today the sun in shining and the birds are making merry in the pear tree!





21 thoughts on “Brouhaha in a pear tree.

  1. Cheryl Capaldo Traylor says:

    I could hear those wonderful sounds as I was reading along. I had never heard of a fieldfare, so had to look that up. It’s cold here but no snow. We don’t get much; maybe a dusting or two each winter. But when we do get more than that—everything stops! It’s quite a sight here in the southeast when it snows.

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  2. Flighty says:

    Lovely post. Wonderful word. It’s always good to see starlings when they appear on the allotments. I don’t want snow here as even a sprinkling causes chaos and soon turns grey and either mushy or icy. xx


  3. Jet Eliot says:

    I enjoyed this post a lot, Cathy, and your descriptions of the chattering birds and starling sounds was fun. I had to look up what a fieldfare was, and am happy to know a new bird, a beauty in the thrush family.

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