i stopped by the cafe to set up the foscam 8921P web camera. it's actually supposed to be easier to set up with an automated configuration option, but i'm used to doing it manually, which ended up taking a long time. i finally did get the camera to work, but the camera kept losing connection throughout the day. at first i thought maybe it was because my father was taxing the cafe internet, but a logical explanation would be the black camera overheating from the sunlight coming through the south-facing window. i should've gotten the white camera instead! worst case scenario, we switch the old white camera back and put this new black camera at my grand uncle's place. we'll need to monitor the next few days to see if the 8921P crashed because of the heat.
the oriole seems to have made the suet feeder her own. it makes sense, since it's still too early for insects and berries, so the only thing there is to eat is the suet cake. i don't know if she's eating the suet itself or the seeds inside. i also see her stopping occasionally to wipe the suet off her beak on the grass or a branch. i had my dSLR today so managed to get better resolution photos (using the 70-300mm lens). from some of the photos one can definitely see the orange hue on the chest area, indicative of baltimore orioles. it was feeding from the suet feeder so long that none of the other birds dared feed at the same time. on a few occasions downy woodpeckers swooped by but quickly fluttered away. the downys only returned whenever the oriole wasn't around.