El Copal andTapanti NP

Tapanti is a National Park south of San Jose. The high mountain forest habitat can add a lot of species that might be difficult to find elsewhere. It does not have the paramo habitat found in Cerro de la Muerte or the top of Irazu Volcano, but It has great tracts of forest and is good for several mid and upper-level species. One does have to drive through the Cartago area and finally to the town of small town of Orosi where there are accommodations.

Tapanti is a particularly good place for furnarids. Birds like Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner, Ruddy Treerunner, Red-faced Spinetail, and Spotted Barbtail can be found more easily here. Brown-billed Scythebill is occasionally found in the more mature forests.

Lower and mid-level elevations around Orosi, can produce birds like Mountain Eleania, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, White-naped Brushfinch, and White-eared Ground-Sparrow.

Sooty Thrush - Greg Lavaty
Black-bellied Hummingbird - Jim Peterson

The high forest in the park is a good location for birds like Black-and-Yellow Silky-Flycatcher, Black-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Dark Pewee, White-winged Tanager, Sooty Thrush, Elegant Euphonia, and Spot-crowned Woodcreeper. This park, Savegre Lodge, and Cerro de la Muerte are perhaps the most accessible parks for really high mountain birds if one is driving south from San Jose. For those only driving north or east from San Jose, the Poas Volcano and the Monteverde area are probably the most accessible locations for cloud forest species.

A GPS system is recommended if driving to Tapanti Park.

White-eared Ground-Sparrow - Greg Lavaty
Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher - Greg Lavaty