Apr 28 2009
On Friday evening my husband said, “My eyes are itching. Something new must have bloomed.”
I was stumped. I don’t know what he’s allergic to and I had no idea what was blooming. I don’t have pollen allergies any more (they mysteriously disappeared when I was in my 30s) so I can’t even cue on my own reactions to figure out the cause.
However, a bird gave me the hint two days ago when I saw my “first of year” rose-breasted grosbeaks in Schenley Park. They were munching oak flowers.
Rose-breasted grosbeaks are quite fond of oaks and don’t return until the oak flowers bloom.
In fact, many birds time their journey north to coincide with the blooming of their favorite trees. I learned this from Chuck Tague years ago and was reminded of it by his blog on Leaf Out.
So now I have an answer. My husband is probably allergic to oak pollen.
(photo by Chuck Tague)