Most living things wither during winters in cold places, but the frozen dark side of the year offers some of nature's most beautiful sights if you know where to look.

In between the dead trees, hidden in the snow, you can find many magnificent creatures. Though most birds migrate to warmer places during winter, some choose to stick it out, thriving in frigid desolate regions.

1. Cardinals

Cardinal

Northern cardinals are some of wintertime's most well-known backyard birds, and for good reason. Their scarlet wings and frilled feathers make them stand out against snow and trees. These birds typically do not migrate, instead opting to nest and shelter together throughout long winters. If you spot some in your yard and are looking to start a bird-feeding operation, these fowl love black oil sunflower and safflower seeds.

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