2 March 2013
Foreigners coming over here stealing our cherry blossoms
The Bullfinches were still around on Thursday and I got a better look at this individual.
This is a different subspecies than the other male (in the previous post). The other male in the flock is the subspecies griseiventris which has dark pink cheeks. It is the common subspecies fround in Japan. As you can see this one is quite different.
This individual has a pink breast and is (I think) the the rosacea subspecies from Korea (or possibly cassinii from China).
I hope they have left some cherry blossoms to bloom this spring. Japan has territorial disputes with China and Korea, there are worries about pollution drifting across the Japan Sea from mainland China and now even the birds from mainland east Asia are destroying the sakura. Shintaro Ishihara would have a fit if he knew.
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