I’ve been scanning Tompkins Square Park for signs of Spring. From a distance (these are on the tops of very tall trees) I first thought that these seedpods were new growth on the scholar trees in the Central Lawn.
But no they appear to be seedpods that overwinter on the branches. If anything eats them it is not apparent. I think the bird is a Starling.
A closer look.
I took one of the seedpods home and dissected it. It was very sticky inside.