A couple of photos to illustrate the problem..
Death by sugar water!
Goin' in. I had tried drilling out the openings to convert feeder to oriole friendly - too big!
Bee guards partially working, bees are not inside feeder - but bees are keeping away birds.
On a more pleasant note, oriole population seems as high as last year. This includes what are likely several batches of youngsters, fledgling male for sure - so most likely females as well.
Also, continuing to see at least one pair of Allen's hummingbirds. Have not id'd a Rufus male yet. Of course, lots of Anna's, and a good quantity of Blackchinned and Costa's.