Birdlife at Stoneridge

Scarlet Robin female on fence at Stoneridge Cottage, Balingup

Stoneridge Bird List

The birdlife is wonderful!  This is a list of the bird species we have seen on and near the Stoneridge property.

It’s still growing — this version is current in Summer 2015.

The “S&D No.” column refers to the key number (not page number) in Simpson & Day, Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

Enjoy.

Common Name Scientific Name S&D No. Comments
Australian Maned Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata 129 Abundant in the valley. Large duck with pale body and dark head.  They will sometimes stroll on the road – keep an eye out.
Australian Raven (Crow) Corvus coronoides 689 Usually two or three within earshot.
Australian Ringneck (the 28 Parrot) Barnardius zonarius, race semitorquatus 368 Abundant in the area.  Seem to be nesting at Stoneridge now.
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides 118 Can be seen along the brook and winter lakes in the valley bottom.  Elegant plumage with white collar.
Australian White Ibis (Sacred Ibis) Threskiornis molucca (T. aethiopica) 166 Seen working flooded paddocks in the valley.
Barking Owl Ninox connivens 398 Tentatively identified from night cries, Easter 2000 (it barks, but it also screams).
Barn Owl Tyto alba 403 Can be seen sometimes hunting at night.
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae 668 Perches on power lines, sometimes in the Marri trees.
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris 281 Seen hovering for prey over Stoneridge. Resident 2011-12.  Often hunting in the area.
Black Swan Cygnus atratus 113 On billabongs on the valley floor.
Brown Falcon Falco berigora 302 Two visited to hunt over our ground, Summer 2015.
Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora 8 Disturbed in thick grass during Spring. Didn’t get a very good look, but it seems the most likely quail.
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera 320 Likes the road and drive verges, increasingly venturing up the slopes as the trees grow.
Darter Anhinga melanogaster 103 Can be seen on the Blackwood River at Wrights Bridge (2km towards Nannup).  Dives for food like cormorants.
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa 147 Likes billabongs and winter lakes along the valley.
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans 377 Several sightings on the property 2012-13. Many thanks to the guests who also noted it for us.
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae 3 A family group can often be seen around Stoneridge. Numerous other groups in the district.
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 149 Can be seen on the Blackwood River and pools of the Balingup Brook.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cuculus flabelliformis 386 Perched high and calling loud in the Marri trees.
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis 624 Identifiable in surrounding woodlands by call: rich, melodious “wi-wi-wi-whit!”, with a bit of a whip-crack ending. Can sometimes be seen perched on fences.
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa 633 Very active; can be seen at forest margins and vegetation around the cottage.
Grey Shrike-Thrush Colluricincla harmonica 623 Seen in remnant forest above the valley. Beautiful whistling song. Cinnamon or pale golden-brown underbelly.
Jackie Winter Microeca fascinans 611 Found on the slopes, in remnant native timber; also along the Brook. Visits Stoneridge.
Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae 420 Usually some around; often having a group “laugh-in” near sunset.
Long-billed (White-tailed) Black-Cockatoo (Baudin’s Cockatoo) Calyptorhynchus baudinii 335 A big noisy mob (100 or more) visits Stoneridge from time to time. Often smaller groups of 3-6. Takes seeds out of pinecones.
Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen 685 Abundant locally; their community signing is often heard. Male has pure white back; female and immature mottled between “shoulders”.
Magpie-lark (“Mudlark”, “Pee Wee”) Grallina cyanoleuca 649 Likes the power lines. “Good morning!” duets. Sometimes seen swooping to gather mud for nesting.
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides 303 Doesn’t like forests, but seen hovering over our open ground from time to time. Competes and squabbles with the Black-shouldered Kite.
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae 562 Noisy little groups visit our flowering trees and shrubs.
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa 120 On dams and billabongs throughout the valley.
Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus 92 Yes, a pelican. A single bird, looking a bit lost, on one of the valley-floor billabongs, spring 2014.
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata 512 Likes gardens. Seems less raucous down here than in Perth.
Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata 732 Uncommon, but spotted foraging at Stoneridge from time to time. Prominent red bill.
Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius 361 Can be seen at the forest margins. Shy. Dark green when flying away from you.
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii 331 Groups of 3 or 4, pulling bits off our marris from time to time!
Red-winged Fairy Wren Malurus elegans 451 After years of keeping an eye out, finally saw a male in breeding plumage. Magnificent!
Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor 601 At least two pairs often seen perching on fences and sheds at Stoneridge. Sometimes keeps company with the “Blue” wrens and Silvereyes.
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis 746 Flocks of 10- 20 sometimes forage at Stoneridge. Often flocks with the “Blue” wrens (Splendid Fairy-wren).
Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae 397 Pretty sure this is what we saw up the hill, on a dark and rainy night, Winter 2003!
Splendid Fairy-wren (Blue Wren) Malurus splendens, race splendens 447 Can be seen all along the valley, including Stoneridge. Nests on the property most years. This is the trademark “Blue Wren” of the South West. Males can be seen in breeding plumage in winter and spring. The eclipse (non-breeding) male has a black beak. The female has a brown beak and eye-mask.
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis 167 Seen flying low over Stoneridge; uses winter lakes in the valley.
Tree Martin Hirundo nigricans 700 Can be seen practising aerobatics over the valley; has nested at Stoneridge. Tail square in flight.
Varied Sitella Daphoenositta chrysoptera 438 Seen in mature stand of native timber on a ridge above the valley. Will walk upside-down on the underside of a branch.
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax 290 Seen soaring over the ridges behind Stoneridge. We often see up to three birds using the same thermal updraft.
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena 698 Sometimes seen in large groups on the power line. Catches midges on the wing near sunset in fine weather. Tail forked in flight.
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca 493 Can sometimes be seen in open areas. The name means “born in song”, but it’s a rather doleful whistle.
Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis 367 Can be seen at the forest margins, also perching on our fences. Sometimes hangs out with the 28s.  Male has magnificent red head and underparts, striking yellow cheeks and throat.
Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus 572 A bird came to the verandah to feed from a potted Fuchsia.
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis 479 Seen foraging in our young marris. Very vocal.
White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris nigra 561 Often visits gardens in the area.
White-faced Heron Egretta (Ardea) novaehollandiae 153 Seen foraging in wet grass below cottage.
White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus 555 Seen beyond Wright’s Bridge.
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys 636 Everyone’s friend. Often perches on our sheep.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa 508 Seen catching insects in the low grasses beneath our big marris.