The High Line Blog

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    The Fluffy Birds of Winter

    A white throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) dares photographer Mike Tschappat to capture all that fluff. A winter bird sighting is always a source of joy. In addition to serving as a sign of warmer seasons ahead, it's gratifying to see our avian friends utilize the park's plants as a food s... read more
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    Plant of the Week: Red Sprite Winterberry

    A mockingbird snacks on Red Sprite winterberries. Photo by Mike Tschappat The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perenni... read more
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    Photo of the Week: Bird’s the Word

    An American robin caught on camera mid-feast, on the High Line at West 23rd Street. Photo by Mike Tschappat This past week, visitors were treated to a surprising sight: a large flock of robins had descended upon the Eastern red cedar trees on the High Line, bouncing back and forth between the ... read more
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    Plant of the Week: Eastern Red Cedar

    A mockingbird enjoys the "berries" – actually cones – of one of the High Line's Emerald Sentinel® Eastern red cedar trees. Photo by Steven Severinghaus The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in t... read more
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    Plant of the Week: Viking Black Chokeberry

    This hungry sparrow doesn't mind the astringent taste of the Viking black chokeberry. Photo by Steven Severinghaus The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line include... read more
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    Photo of the Week: Early Bird

    A red-breasted American robin perches on historic rail tracks along the High Line. Photo by Juan Valentin The signs of spring are all around us at the High Line. Trees are budding and new spring blooms are popping up daily. And, if you look carefully, there is also a renewed flurry of feathered... read more
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    Birds at the High Line: The Regulars

    Peregrine falcons are just one of the many birds that you may be surprised to see at the High Line. Photo by Annik La Farge The High Line’s plantings are not only beautiful – they provide a year-round oasis for both local and migratory birds. From wooded areas that are good for n... read more
  • Bird Rescue

    Rescued American Woodcock.  This fancy bird, a migratory American Woodcock, was rescued by High Line gardener and bird enthusiast Maryanne on Friday. It was found huddled in a doorway on West 20th Street, stunned but not visibly injured -- she guessed the little guy had flown into the side... read more