The Hooded Oriole is s summer visitor to the Santa Cruz Valley, arriving any time after March and leaving before September. Comfortable in neighborhoods they often come to humming bird feeders. Although they will perch anywhere they prefer to nest in fan palms using the palm strands to make their nests. Often the nests are well hidden under the fan palm. This nest was found by a gardener who was going to trim this palm when he found this nest. He left the nest, however it was late and the adults had left for Mexico.