2 jackrabbits feeding under a large valley oak in the grassland between Pasteur Drive paved road and the playing fields. Not an especially rare occurrence, but with all the construction and reduction in habitat it was nice to see them there. The grass had been recently mown.
Northwest of Milnesand, Roosevelt County, New Mexico in shinnery-oak/grassland.
Jackrabbits seem more abundant in New Mexico this year than the last few, presumably due to some lessening of drought conditions.
This one popped up in front of me as I was walking at sun-up.
Date: March 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Temperature: 72 F
Environment: Found near the Research Station near bush
Order (Lagomorpha), Family (Leporidae), Species (L. californicus). Captured picture as we were leaving Antelope Island.
The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Reaching a length of about 2 feet (61 cm), and a weight from 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, after the antelope jackrabbit and the white-tailed jackrabbit. The black-tailed jackrabbits...