The bright red cardinal contrasts with the white snow. The female is more of a brush color to blend with their nests ( see Link ) but you can tell it is a cardinal from their beak to their feathers being hinted in red. I like cardinals for all the wrong reasons. I should like them for their songs and their courtship and the way both care for their youngsters, but I usually always think of a cardinal not for all of their qualities but for their bright red color. Fortunately, I have never seen a hawk catch a cardinal but I have seen them catch all the other birds we have in our backyard.