About the blogger

I am Steve Hampton. I’ve been birding since I was 7 years old. Here I am on the Bolivian Altiplano in 2010.


Though I have a PhD in natural resource economics, I confess I know more about birds than I do about economics. I currently work as a Deputy Administrator at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, where I have been involved in natural resource damage assessment, seabird restoration, tribal relations, and regulating the oil industry (among other things).

My special bird interests are gull identification and Fox Sparrows subspecies identification. I currently live in Davis, California.

I maintain two birding web pages and a birding Facebook group:





I also have two other blogs:



Occasionally there will be posts from these other blogs that I will re-post here.