This, Dear Friends, is a bird that I’ve been waiting for ever since the first time I opened a birder’s guide. I saw Mark Stratton’s post with photos recently, and could not resist the chance to see this spectacular icterid when Roger Uzun offered a day trip to Yuma and beyond. The weather report indicated that it would be clear and relatively warm (65F) in Yuma. We found the bird with the help of a traveling birder, Chris(?) from Montana. It posed nicely in almost exactly the advertised spot.
Also seen were a couple of Gila woodpeckers and several Inca doves.