Like the Robin, The Cardinal is another bird that is a power symbol.
This radiant red bird portrays perfect symmetry. Most commonly seen with a stylish spikey haircut on the top of its head, a head that is a brighter red than the rest of the body.
Sporting an orange beak, the rest of its face is covered by a black mask to protect it from the sun, identical to most Goldfinches.
The Cardinal’s head is a more solid red than the rest of the body which has a touch of grey, looking like a painter’s purposeful brushstroke blended it deep into the red.
Somehow through the striking redness , these birds seem to disappear in the green canopy of the bushes.
I often spot a pair in the forest frolicking for fun. The pair are similar and different at the same time. One is the normal red Cardinal that was described already. The other is grey or the Northern Cardinal with a tinge of red, identifiable as a Cardinal because of the signature black mask and orange beak and the spikey hair-do.
There is also an indiviudal short stout red Cardinal around Walden pond and this particular bird does not have spikey hair. The day I spotted this one there was a significant rainfall so it is possible that it was wet.
The Cardinal makes a very unique noise consisting of four fast sharp tweets followed by three longer slower ones.
The full red Cardinal like the Oriole and the Blue jay bring a colour that is not native to the green tree lines and bushes and provides a rush of colour to Walden’s wildlife.