jackrabbits on the edge


Although the range map from NatureServ shows them occurring widely across Oklahoma, I had not encountered Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) east of I-35 in our state.  That is, of course, until last Thursday when I found some in a heavily grazed field northwest of Perry in Payne County, about 1 mile east of that major interstate highway.

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All-told, we found four jackrabbits in this field.  Serenaded by Upland Sandpipers, these denizens of the lonely prairies let us know that that field was pretty unusual these days.  It was a step back in time.

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