Answers on a postcard please. Who are the cat-headed birds that appear in the play, the Dreaming of the Bones? The poet mentions them in a couple of places in the text, for example here:
My heart ran wild when it heard
The curlew cry before dawn
And the eddying cat-headed bird;
But now the night is gone.
I have heard from far below
The strong March birds a-crow,
Stretch neck and clap the wing,
Red cocks, and crow.
Some birds sound like cats, apparently, and cats try to mimic birds. Some say that a curlew’s call is unlucky, especially if you hear it at night. And what about those crows?