In Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane just freed a Northern cardinal before coming to Sleepy Hollow.
Then in the forest, he sees a Northern cardinal with Katrina Van Tassel when she said it's her favorite.
And then again we see that the witch has a dead Northern cardinal must be for sacrificial magic.
Even his childhood toy had Northern cardinal picture.
But why do we see the Northern cardinal following a journey of freedom, praise and then death and constant reference? Is there a significance of Northern cardinal's scenes?