The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph


This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the window of the

room in which lay a sick person, and this visit was considered a certain

omen of that person's death. The bird not only fluttered about the

lighted window, but also made a screeching noise whilst there, and also

as it flew away. The bird, singled out for the dismal honour of being a

death prognosticator, was the tawny, or screech owl. Many are the

instances, which have been told me by persons who heard the bird's noise,

of its having been the precursor of death. This superstition is common

to all parts of Wales.