Savegre Area

Savegre Lodge is just south of San Jose on the flanks of Cerro de la Muerte. Situated in the beautiful Savegre Valley, this lodge is an excellent lodge in several respects. It has good accommodations and well-stocked hummingbird feeders. Lodge trails are good for several high-mountain species like Spotted Wood-Quail, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, and Barred Becard. White-throated Mountain Gem and Volcano Hummingbird will come to the feeders at the restaurant. A few of the more difficult-to-see birds like Buffy Tuftedcheek, Streaked Xenops, and Dusky Nightjar are best found with the help of a guide.

The bigger highlight at Savegre is access to good viewings of Resplendent Quetzal - the ease of viewing being determined by available food. You need to ask around to find out where the birds are being seen.

Spotted Wood-Quail - Greg Lavaty

Although birds like Timberline Wren and Wrenthrush are not found on the Savagre grounds, they can be found at scattered locations a little higher up just off the highway if you have a guide. They may also be found near Parisio de Quetzal which is down the road a few kilometers (see "A Bird-finding Guide to Costa Rica").

Among other regular highland birds are Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Black-faced Solitaire, Brown-capped Vireo and Yellowish Flycatcher. A little birding around the lodge itself can turn up birds like Yellow-winged Vireo, Dark Pewee, or Yellow-bellied Siskin.

Spangle-cheeked Tanager - Greg Lavaty

Flame-throated Warbler - Greg Lavaty