Every summer in late June to mid August an amazing natural phenomenon occurs at a very unlikely location. For some unknown reason, thousands (or more likely hundreds of thousands) of Purple Martins come together and roost in the live oak trees on the north side of Highland Mall. Sometimes the birds roost in the trees in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank and sometimes they roost in the trees in the Highland Mall parking lot. Watching them gather and then roost for the night is specular. Even non-birders will be entertained by the show, so bring your friends and neighbors and join us for an evening of urban birding and socializing with birding friends. Lawn chairs and binoculars are optional. Hats or umbrellas are highly recommended! We’ll be watching from the Highland Mall parking lot across from Wells Fargo at 300 E Highland Mall Blvd on Friday and Saturday nights for four weekends in July. No registration is required, so join us for one night or all eight nights! If you have questions, contact Shelia Hargis at Shelia.firstname.lastname@example.org or 294-0272. To learn more about these fascinating birds, check out the Purple Martin Conservation Association at http://purplemartin.org/.
For information, maps, and eBird data about Highland Mall, visit Central Texas Birding.