I went birdwatching in Hamilton County today. The wind was 0 mph during the first of four and a half miles I hiked. I was hoping to find western vagrants, perhaps a new Crossbill record for Chuck, but I found birds to be really difficult to find. A flock of 170 American Crows at Coolidge was a nifty find; there is always a large wintering flock in this area. There were quite a few Blue Jays around, and also a few Magpies. The first big wave of American Tree Sparrows were noted but I still have never seen a Savannah Sparrow in that county. White-crowned Sparrows were very plentiful everywhere. The hike along the river 2.5 miles east of the CO border becomes more and more depressing. The Tamarisk takes a further toll on all native woody plants every year, few Cottonwoods can even survive. But amongst that hot mess I found an out of place county bird, a Golden-crowned Kinglet. It does remain a fun place to look for mammals scat and tracks, I never fail to see Porcupine here. The overall lack of bird life was demoralizing and the thoughts of all other minutiae of life overwhelming, so I returned home without birding anywhere else.