If I'm not mistaken, these are young female cones. Wind pollinated, mostly. Happy Mother's Day.
This was out at Jamaica Bay. Some birds out there new to the year: glossy ibis, tree swallow, common tern, snowy egret, and tricolor heron.
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,/And what I assume you shall assume,/For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.//I loafe and invite my soul,/I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass."