The forests of slopes in Gauja National Park with old deciduous trees attract less common species of woodpeckers (White-backed Woodpecker, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker). Relatively often spotted are the elsewhere rare Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher and locally common Hazel Grouse. Ural Owl has started nesting in the park, and the smallest owl of Latvia — Eurasian Pygmy-Owl — is also seen more often. Many Corn Crake and some species of warblers, which are not common in Western Europe (Eurasian River Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler), are found in the riverside meadows of Gauja.
There is a 3.5 km hiking trip along Amata river that is a good starts for forest birds (see the P on the map for parking). This trail in the forests near Zvārte Rock you can extend if you want by walking further north along the Amata River. Among the bird species you can see along this trail are: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Greenish Warbler, European Honey-buzzard, Common Kingfisher, Crested Tit, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.