While visiting friends, I enjoyed their backyard birds. A pair of Hooded Orioles (Icterus cucullatus) had set up their nest site beneath a Banana Tree leaf.
3 May 2009, Hooded Oriole nest in a residential area near Balboa Park
The male stood out as the agitated and nervous sentry, defending the territory against pesky Towhees in the area.
And he remained vigilant until sunset.
A couple of weeks later, I visited again, and I was happy to see (and hear) that Orioles were successful.
20 May 2009
Both he and the hen frequented Lisa’s hummingbird feeder, but at this moment there was a need for protein.
While we enjoyed our dinner on the patio, he hustled to find the dinner for his clutch. He did not seem to be bothered by our presence.