Observed for several minutes eating before it retreated into the talus.
My first Pika! Seen around Payette Lake
American Pikas are lagomorphs, placing them in the same order as rabbits and hares. Across much of North America they are high elevation specialists, living in talus slopes surrounded by vegetation. This one is building a "hay pile"; gathering leaves and shoots to dry out in the summer sun before stashing them away for the winter.
Due to their disappearance from numerous sites within the Great Basin, they are being studied as a species that may be exceptionally vulnerable to global warming.
Extremely wet location due to snow melt.
Pika seen and heard on the talus slope north of the trail from the Tioga Pass Entrance gate of Yosemite to the east shore of Middle Gaylor Lake, just before you get to the lake. We saw one or two adults, and one or two young pikas (hard to say for sure as they were moving in and out of the rocks).
Saw pika about 100yds downslope in scree, then heard four territorial single eeps.
The pika (/ˈpaɪkə/ PY-kə; archaically spelled pica) is a small mammal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and no external tail. The name pika is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae (rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into...