Back in the 80's I had a book of short stories that I loved, but now I can't remember the title. I got the book when I lived in England, so it's possibly a British publication.
One of the stories was about a man who suffered some sort of head trauma (maybe had a metal plate put in his head), and he could understand animals talking, namely some ducks/swans that lived near his home. I think the cover of the version I owned had a pencil drawing of a duck or possibly cat on the front and the title might have had the word quiet or silence in it.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!