||Higland Mall is a shopping mall in Austin which has been in deciline for many years. Portions of the mall were purchased by Austin Community College in 2010 and will house ACC offices and classrooms. This site has been a staging area for migrating purple martins since before the mall was built in 1971.
The martins start gathering in early July and they depart in mid-to-late August. Arrive about an hour before dark and park in the north mall lot facing the Wells Fargo building. The martins will circle overhead until the sky is filled with thousands of birds, including startling and great-tailed grackles. Eventually the martins will settle in the trees by the bank.