Although my quilt is blue and white, I had seen a wonderful little wall hanging prior to this year's round that really appealed to me and had a couple of red cardinals that really "made" the quilt. I had suggested that maybe someone would like to make them for my row this year and Karen took the bait!!
The tutorial she used to make the free pieced birds is here http://thehouseofkrom.blogspot.com/2011/01/free-piecing-study-january-block-1.html
She modified it, I believe, to make them more cardinal-like. Aren't they the cutest!?