An enormous flock of Purple Martins has gathered in and around the parking lot of the Fountains Shopping Center facing the Southwest Freeway in Stafford, where they’ve taken up a noisy nighttime roost on nearby power lines and the allée of oak trees that leads through the concrete expanse to Rack Room Shoes and Old Navy. This is likely the same group that hung out in Sharpstown or the eastside KBR campus in previous years, on its way to Brazil; it appears to be the birds’ first window-shopping experience at Mattress Giant.
“This group of PMs seems to consistently choose oak trees near water usually with some nearby mercury lights shining down on the trees,” reports one observer. The evening and morning activity is easily visible on Doppler radar.
- Thousands of migrating Purple Martins swarm in Stafford [KHOU 11 News]
- Sharpstown Roost [Purple Martin Forum]