Baby Trees, Bales and Birds in Riverside Park

Baby Evergreens in Riverside Park

Baby Pine Tree in Last Week's Snow

Recently planted baby evergreens replace the huge old deciduous trees that came down in last summer’s freak wind storm. I count two groups of four trees and one of three between 108th and around 112th.

Maybe the babies will grow into a pinetum like Central Park’s Arthur Ross Pinetum, and the saw whet owls that hang out there will opt for a river view and come to nest in Riverside.  I’m crazy to see an owl in the city.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Hay Bales

Esau with Hay Bale

And what’s with the hay bales that appeared in December around 116th? There are some at 108th, too.

Esau likes hay bales.  I like them, too. But what’s the story?

Esau also likes the seagulls along the wall that separates the river walk from the car traffic up near 125th Street.  Nice.

Dog with Birds

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6 Comments on “Baby Trees, Bales and Birds in Riverside Park”

  1. Gary Says:

    Nice blog. Just came in from walking my beagle Maggie in Central Pk. around W. 98th St. & encountered 7 hay bales there & thinking what a throwback to earlier days, huh?


    • Thanks for stopping by, Gary. The hale bales went in to Riverside Park early this year, and in a manner I’d never seen: Before Hurricane Sandy, the bales were set up in circles surrounding the drains in the park to protect them from being clogged by debris. As far as I can tell, it worked. Now they’ve been moved into sled protection mode.

  2. Charlotte Says:

    Love that picture of Esau on the hay bale, maybe he thinks he’s in Upstate, hangin’ with the cows, not actually in the middle of a city!


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  4. Of course! That makes great sense, but I would never have figured it out on my own. The hay bales are right at the foot of two prime sledding spots. Thank you, thank you. Another mystery solved.

    Now… what exactly IS a toboggan?

  5. katrinka Says:

    I think the hay bales are to protect the trees and rock outcroppings from the attack of sliding little children on toboggans and sleds. There are similar bales on trees and rocks at Cedar Hill in Central Park, and they used to put them at the bottom of major sliding hills in parks in Montreal to prevent people from landing in the middle of busy streets, etc.
    Perfect perch for Esau.
    XO


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