Eurasian bullfinch (Japanese: uso)

3/15/2016 The Eurasian bullfinch, or uso as it’s called in Japan, is often found foraging on cherry tree buds around the middle of March here in Kyushu, Japan. The uso is the harbinger of good fortune here in Japan, and their cute, wooden likeness can be bought at the local Tenmangu Shrine to bring you luck. (See attachment below.)

In the background can be heard the drumming sound of a Japanese pygmy woodpecker. They do this to establish their territory, and also to attract a mate.


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