Purple Martin Parties

We are hosting Purple Martin Parties this year! As of July 10, 2021 the roost has MOVED to Capital Plaza in Central Austin. We are working with the property managers to secure a site for our gathering. Exact location subject to change (as of now, we plan to be near the Chase Bank)—check here for updates. Any nearby parking spots that aren’t specifically reserved are fine.

2021 Party Dates: July 17, 24, 31, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free to attend, no registration required

As of 7/23, Travis County is back in Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, so we highly encourage party attendees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Travis Audubon will be hosting, once again, its Purple Martin parties where hundreds of people congregate to watch 400,000+ Purple Martins “swirl” into their roosting site. 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!

Want to learn more about Purple Martins? Check out the following resources:

Purple Martins w/ Shelia Hargis

Parking Lot Birding & Purple Martin Roost w/ Jennifer Bristol

Read and download our purple martin brochure here!

Check out and download our purple martin display here!


Photo Credit: Jeff Whitlock. For additional information see: Purple Martins at Highland Mall (TPWD), Purple Martin Land Lords (TPWD), Purple Martin Conservation Association’s website & Purple Martin web page