This is a painting I did depicting the beautiful Northern Cardinal, in this case the obvious male of the species. Also, the title ‘Winter Rose’ was given for obvious reasons as his brilliant red plumage can be easily recognized with a fleeting glance as he flies by. The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture, with the tail pointed straight down as seen in my depiction. Northern cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs. They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note. If you can’t spot or hear the northern cardinals check in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots, and shrubby forest edges. Northern cardinals nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines.