Purple Martin Parties
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Travis Audubon will be hosting its Purple Martin parties where hundreds of people congregate to watch 400,000+ Purple Martins “swirl” into their roosting site at near the Chase Bank at Capital Plaza in Central Austin. Birders and non-birders alike will be entertained by the show, so bring your family, friends, and neighbors and join us for an evening of fun.
Purple Martins begin roosting together by the thousands in early summer, as soon as their chicks leave the nest, in preparation for their migration to South America, where they live during our winter.
After dining on insects during the day and prior to settling down for the night, these highly social birds put on a spectacular aerial acrobatics show before landing in roost trees. Onlookers from previous performances described it as, “a hurricane of birds,” “way cool,” and “better than the bats!”
Binoculars are optional, but lawn chairs, cameras, and hats are highly recommended!
For the most up-to-date information about the parties, visit travisaudubon.org/purple-martin-parties