Aus "Sir Nigel", by Arthur Conan Doyle:
(...) "Ah, lad, you are a Solomon to some of them. Hark ye! only last
week that jack-fool, the young Lord of Brocas, was here talking of
having seen a covey of pheasants in the wood. One such speech
would have been the ruin of a young Squire at the court. How
would you have said it, Nigel?"
"Surely, fair sir, it should be a nye of pheasants."
"Good, Nigel - a nye of pheasants, even as it is a gaggle of geese
or a badling of ducks, a fall of woodcock or a wisp of snipe. But
a covey of pheasants! What sort of talk is that? I made him sit
even where you are sitting, Nigel, and I saw the bottom of two
pots of Rhenish ere I let him up. Even then I fear that he had no
great profit from his lesson, for he was casting his foolish eyes
at Edith when he should have been turning his ears to her father.
But where is the wench?" (...)
Definition of Nye from dictionary.net
Nye \Nye\, n. [Prob. fr. F. nid nest, brood, L. nidus nest. See Nest, and cf. Eye brood, Nide.] A brood or flock of pheasants. ...http://www.dictionary.net/nye
The Deep North » 2005 » January
The Apparitional Gamekeeper eventuated out of the dark and the rain last night while I was making supper with a sort of bouquet of pheasants. ...http://www.rereviewed.com/thedeepnorth/?m=200501
Buck / Brush Ridge Loop @ PA Hikes.com
It was in this area where I happened to come across a bouquet of pheasants, with about 7 taking flight as I walked along the fence. ...http://www.pahikes.com/trails/buckbrushridge01.asp