Thursday 9 July 2009

Tamias sibiricus - the Japanese Squirrel

Well, we have seen white squirrels on Mary Wigham, and now Head Girl, Saho, has incorporated Tamias Sibiricus, the Japanese striped squirrel on her sampler. Saho says it is quite a common sight. Are there more varieties of squirrels to come?


  1. What a great idea, how cute!!!!

  2. I would like to take the time to say how wonderful ALL the Mary stitching is! Along with this great little squirrel!

    I would also like to take the time to ask...
    just what is the thing right above the squirrels head? The DMC color list calls for 3855, Light Autumn Gold.
    But what is it? A big gold leaf, a bird, a odd shaped star? It kind'a looks like a turtle to me... Maybe a little bonnet...
    I am up to the squirrel now and have wanted to ask for a long time, just what is that? lol Anybody have any idea?

  3. We have very similar little animals here in North Carolina. Here we call them chipmunks or ground squirrels. My kids tell our cats (who sit and the window and drool over the little rodents) that they are mice with racing stripes!

  4. Hi Eliza,
    The question came up in the Japanese SAL blog, and I was guessing it was a flying bird (a big fat one!), holding a twig in its beak.
    It seems Mary likes birds, it comes up very frequently in the sampler.

    Any other ideas?

  5. Love the change to Japanese striped squirrel! Here in Wisconsin we call them chipmunks too.

    So glad to hear I'm not the only one wondering what that little thing about the squirrel is - I say turtle with a branch!