I set up the Nova Bird camera at our store's oriole feeder today. It was tad windy so I have lots of shots of the feeder swaying back and forth so I need to remember to adjust the number of shots when it's windy. I did manage to get a couple of oriole shots:
This feeder is new, it's made of recycled plastic and has two dishes for grape jelly and mealworms. It also holds two orange halves. I like it because recycled plastic lasts for a long time and the color really gets the orioles' attention. The roof keeps the jelly from turning to soup. It's been our most popular oriole feeder at the store too. It's odd, when I saw it at Bird Watch America last January, I thought it was a neat idea, but I had no clue that it would be so popular a feeder this year.
I also checked on our hooded merganser nest:
According to A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds by Paul Baicich and Colin J. O. Harrison hooded mergansers incubate for 31 days. I believe this bird started to incubate on April 20 so May 21 should be hatch day. I'm working at the store Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I should be able to see it. For safe measure, I'm going to try and set up the Nova Bird Camera on Friday so hopefully that will catch the chicks jumping out.