Illinois's Northern Cardinal
#37 Cache River near Shawnee college, Limestone Kiln trail, January 14, 2018, 2:15 p.m. 12 deg. F. This individual had substantial feather wear, possibly from pouncing vigorously into the recent snowfall to find food. It would fly up about a foot out of the snow and beat its wings on the grasses and then hop around eating the spilled seed. A nearby white-throated sparrow ate the seeds but didn't do the flaying work.