I love cardinals. I used to watch them endlessly. Their beauty is gaudy in a world that rewards drab colors that would let them blend in to hide from predators. They are like a bloodred beacon against a snowy background – it is the most amazing contrast in winter. It is cool to think that they were designed to be this beautiful by female cardinals over thousands of years. They are tufted finches that eat seeds. Their beak is a neon orange wedge designed for tough seeds.