No Burrowing Owls were spotted this winter in the preserve set aside for their protection in the northeast corner of the park, but this jackrabbit — make that plural — felt secure enough shortly before sunset to spend some time in the grass there munching on a favorite herb and taking care of its important ears. I’ve seen a jackrabbit in this area before, several times, and it’s pretty clear that it has a burrow there, behind a big bush. I’ve not seen it at rest before, unconcerned with me and others on the perimeter trail watching it. When done with its munching and scratching, it hopped a few yards north and stopped again, partly hidden by the grass. Then, a few feet to the south, out popped a second set of jackrabbit ears! Chances are that the jackrabbit population in this corner of the park is going to grow.
These jackrabbits are known technically as Black-tailed Jackrabbits (Lepus californicus). They’re said to be very common all over the Western United States. Read more in Wikipedia.