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.
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.