Help Me Identify the Unidentified

I’m holding two tree identification walks tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9AM and 5PM in Tompkins Square Park. I’m hoping to attract a few local tree and gardening experts to help me out in this. The public is invited, I’ll share what knowledge I have of the trees and the park in general. Please print your own map from the image I’ve posted on this page. But if you can’t do that, I’ll have a few maps on hand. Meet in the Central Plaza near the Hare Krishna Tree.

Tompkins Trees Map V. 7/25/14

Tompkins Trees Map 7 25 14
My latest version of the Tompkins Trees map. Mostly I’ve indicated which trees have died recently (X marks the spots). We lost three large Crab Apples within the park, and several other small trees on 10th street. The street trees along 10th street have a high mortality rate, probably due to proximity to the Con Edison steam pipe running next to the south curb there. Also I’ve added an icon for all the Shingle Oaks that were planted around the perimeter this Spring. This image will print nicely on a letter size page.

Learning to Pounce

I found two of the fledglings in the Cherry Grove. I can’t tell them apart at this point but I suspect the one we see the most in this video is the youngest, only because it is still pretty clumsy. It came down from its branch chasing a rat, but ended up tossing clumps of dirt and branches.

Ready, Set, Stay

The youngest hawk is still in the nest, about a week past when it was expected to fledge. Dad and one of the fledglings pays a visit. We hope it is OK in the summer heat.

Christo and the Youngest
Christo visits the nest to eat dinner with the unfledged young hawk.

Siblings Reunited
One of the fledglings visits the unfledged sibling in the nest. This is supposedly rare, though these East Village hawks don’t seem willing to follow any of the rules.