Anyone not familiar with the various songs/sounds of the Northern Cardinal, wouldn't realize that one of the Cardinal's sounds is a "chip-chip-chip"-ing sound. Quoting from the website Learn Bird Songs "the common call is a metallic chip, given as a contact call and in situations of alarm"
I photographed this Cardinal near our feeder on a stormy afternoon in December 2007. Most people who look at this photo think it would make a good cover for a Stephen King novel......one with a giant menacing bird theme......poor little guy.
For more information about the Cardinal and to see the very distinct differences between the males and females, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.