Sunday, June 24, 2012

Patio Bob

This is Patio Bob.

PB again2
He's incredibly cute, isn't he? And he's also a smart little guy. Patio Bob lives under a patio stone in Frank's back yard. 





PB window box
Every day, Frank or his older son tops up several bird feeders and scatters large quantities of bird seed throughout the yard and along the tops of fences, bars, deck rails and once or twice in this otherwise empty window box. 





PB in the sunshine
It's meant for the birds, primarily but Patio Bob knows a good thing when he sees it. He goes from station to station, collecting all of the oiled sunflower seeds first. He fills his chubby little cheeks then heads back to his patio stone to unload his stash before returning for more.

The vessel which Frank uses to scatter the seed is a blue pitcher and sometimes a few inches of seed will remain in the bottom. Did I mention that Patio Bob is a smart little guy? I'll let the following photos speak for themselves.

Go to it, Patio Bob.


PB in the pitcher



PB going in2


PB in a pitcher 4



PB going in



PB in a pitcher 5



PB exit



PB again3
So, if you happen to see this cheeky little guy, please send him home. We'd miss Patio Bob's cute little face and silly antics if he were to stay away for too long.


77 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i ADORE patio bob! i don't get to see chippys here! wow, those cheeks! :)

Out on the prairie said...

I love these guys and feed them when I have them around.

Rob-bear said...

Cheeky he is. And cute. And comical.

And destructive if he gets in the wrong place.

Linda said...

Patio Bob is absolutely adorable. How did he come by that name? I love the little round cheeks in the last photo. Actually, I love chipmunks in general. We saw a lot of them in the park recently.

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Stephen Hayes said...

Cute little guy that Patio Bob, even though he looks like he's using that blue mug as a privy in several of those shots.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great pictures. I'm glad I don’t have to carry home my shopping in the same way he has to!

Cheers - Stewart M

ds said...

Love that Patio Bob! He is one clever guy.

Dave said...

A very heart-warming blog Hilary. It's obvious from pictures you often put on here that you love all creatures. This feller sure is a cutie. Is he a squirrel or a chipmonk? We don't have them here - Dave

Kerri said...

Patio Bob has stolen my heart! How adorable!

Nadezda said...

Hilary, we've not here the chipmunks but I see they're very smart guys!

Brian Miller said...

haha he is a cute one....and up to some mischief i am sure....

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Cute and smart at the same time. my guess is that he won't be leaving that place as long as the food is there.

Country Girl said...

Absolutely wonderful, Hilary. Love the way you cropped these. He's a cutie.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful shots, very cute.

SandyCarlson said...

Bob's all-you-can-eat buffet! These are wonderful photos!

Tabor said...

When I was ten or eleven I made a pet of these guys one summer. He used to ride on my shoulder everywhere I went. Then in the fall we went our separate ways.

Linda said...

My goodness but those cheeks can expand, can't they? Chipmunks know how to use their cuteness to take advantage of us gullible humans, for sure. Patio Bob has a good thing going for him with you and Frank.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

such a cutie!

louciao said...

A fun series of pictures to tell a story about a day in the life of Patio Bob. I think the second to last photo is really exceptionally good. The thing is, I don't like chipmunks or squirrels. I don't think they're cute; they're too rodent-like and pesty. But your photos, Hilary, almost (almost!) convince me otherwise.

Red said...

These guys are not only smart but cute. They also have major flaw. They hoard more food than they'll ever use.
A very interesting photo story.

Christine said...

I can't decide which I like more, the Bob series or the poppies :) The chippies here are way too skittish to get shots anywhere near as beautiful as yours. The crop & color on the 2nd to last shot is fantastic!

Bonnie said...

A really photogenic little guy!

joeh said...

Where is Dale?

Anvilcloud said...

Patio Bob is living the good life.

Love the second last photo with him on the edge of the cup and with the lovely background bokeh.

She Writes Here Now said...

Ohhh he is so tiny next to the pitcher. Adorable!

rosaria williams said...

What a cutie! Now, we all know him and will keep asking about him every time we visit with you, Hilary.

Shammickite said...

Patio Bob is very cute and cuddly and I hope he stays on Frank's patio and stays away from mine!
Actually there are quite a few chippy families living here, but they have got up inside the siding and that's a no-no as far as I'm concerned.

June said...

I HEART chipmunks. When Husband and I honeymooned, camping, we had a chipmunk that came and spent evenings with us at the campfire. :-)

Birdie said...

I love his packed cheeks! I once had a hamster that used to escape and steal cat food. One time I found him and his cheeks were SO full! It was hilarious.

messymimi said...

Love it -- we don't have chipmunks, and so i love seeing pics of them in action.

Barbara said...

Oh, I'm in love! Wish we had some of these here. The bottom two shots are my favorites!

Rita said...

Ah, the charm of a chubby-cheeked chipmunk. Just the sight of one makes me grin. You are so lucky Patio Bob moved in. :)

Mage said...

Yup, an adventuresome charmer. :)

Gunnar H. said...

Funny pictures, and nice text to the pictures :)

yaya said...

Hilarious! I'm glad he has no trouble getting out of that pitcher. We don't see many chipmunks around our house because of the cat. I'll just enjoy these really fun pics. You always get the best shots!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh my gosh, those cheeks, those eyes, that tail! Love him. What an industrious little fella. :)

Wendy said...

Cute little guy. I had lots of them in my back yard in Hudson. They were adorable, until they ate my lily bulbs - or maybe it was the squirrels. Never did figure out who dun it. LOL!

NitWit1 said...

Oh, I am so glad you live far from me because Patio Bob would be fair game for my dog Luckie--in fact her favorite fare.

Since we lost all our trees in a ice storm 3 years ago, very few come our way. If I see one I'll send direct them to Canada, because I think they are cute critters, even when they did in my flower pots and bed.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Has he become a member of the family?

Looks adopt-worthy.

Barb said...

Bob will soon need to attend Weight Watchers! ( Though he does seem to be getting a bit of exercise balancing on the seed container!)

Indrani said...

Cut fellow. I have one visiting me often.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots of this cutie!

ellen abbott said...

not having chipmunks is one of the few reasons I don't like living way down south.

Crabby McSlacker said...

We have a patio Bob too! And a patio Carol, Ted, & Alice as well. Spillage from our bird feeder seems to be a big draw. Sure like them better than our patio mosquitoes!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Oops, and I forgot to say how adorable the photos were... amazing you capture his personality!

Mental P Mama said...

Patio Bob better be careful or he's gonna need to go on a diet!

sage said...

Great photos! Patio Bob has a good thing going, he'll be back (unless, and we won't think of that)

Leah J. Utas said...

I love Patio Bob.

Suldog said...

It's so cool when one of the creatures who shares your neighborhood becomes a close friend. We have a squirrel (Fred, although we have no idea if Fred is male or female) who we occasionally treat with leftover nuts.

Sharon Wagner said...

We hand fed one of our chipmunks last Summer. http://sharonrwagner.blogspot.com/2011/09/say-hello-to-my-little-friend.html

We call him our little friend in our best Al Pacino voice!

Linda said...

That last photo of patio Bob is probably the best shot of a chipmunk I've seen. I love his cheekiness!

Jayne said...

Patio Bob is adorable. I'd put seed out just for him. Never mind the birds! So funny. :)

Jo said...

Very cute, the little glutton. Amazing shots!

photowannabe said...

Love those cheeks. He certainly knows a good thing when he sees it.
Love the closeups too. You are so good at it Hilary.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love that "bottoms up" photo. Hope Bob comes home soon.
xo jj

Zuzana said...

Oh my goodness, got my dose of cuteness for today!;)) He is adorable, love those stuffed cheeks, hihi! And your images are superb - could you really get so close to him or do you just have a great zoom on your camera?
Love his name too - and I am sure you need not too worry, with such a plentiful supply of yummy food, patio Bob is going nowhere fast.;))
Have a great week,
xoxo

Betty Manousos said...

i love patio bob! i love these guys and
enjoyed your fun shots, this made me smile!

xoxo

Daryl Edelstein said...

too cute

Dianne said...

patio bob is adorable
and really photogenic
the guys in my yard leave when they see the camera and come back for the food I leave them later
I think they taunt me :)

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh, squirrels are totally photogenic! :) Your shots are beautifully focused and clear, as well as lively.

lime said...

oh patio bob melts my heart. he reminds me of all the chippies i used to feed by hand at my grandparents' and aunt's place in the mountains. he's adorable! feed him a peanut for me!

Pearl said...

Patio Bob.

:-)

Why I oughta...

Pearl

Lisa Gordon said...

Patio Bob is absolutely precious, and those little stuffed cheeks in the last photograph are beyond words. You really got some beautiful shots of him Hilary, and I so enjoyed this post.

Have a wonderful afternoon!
xo.

Scott said...

What a cute little guy. Thanks for the photo story.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh I love Patio Bob!!! He is so beautiful, so cute so sweet...I love him
JJ (with Maman)

Tammie Lee said...

oh YES adorably cute, oh my gosh!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

This makes me laugh so much! He reminds me of the little fella my son and I lovingly named "Cheeks" because he looked exactly like your Patio Bob with his mouth full. So much fun!

Gillian Olson said...

What a cute little chipmunk! Love the series, he does seem to know where the food is too.

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone, and for leaving such kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed Patio Bob. He's quite the entertainer. :)

Misty Dawn Seidel said...

Oh my goodness - what a fun and adorable post!

Anita said...

What a fun and inexpensive source of entertainment - feeding, watching, and photographing Patio Bob!

Michael Manning said...

I love the name: "Patio Bob"! :D)

beth said...

i want one of those living on my patio :)

RedWillow ~ Beauty Seeker said...

Way Way too cute.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Patio Bob now has a fan club!

Rob-bear said...

If Patio Bob has a fan club, where is his Facebook page?