Location, Wyoming, USA, Absaroka Mountains
At sunrise, this little pika broke off a yellow flower at the stem, climbed on top of an alpine rock, and started to eat it like a long piece of spaghetti. This image was taken as the bloom approach the chewing chamber and reminds me of a small trumpet player.
Easily seen during daylight hours sitting on rocks, surveying surrounding territory. Male and female territories are usually adjacent, and separate except during breeding season. Short vocalizations signal movements to and from territories, and are used as alarm calls as well. Longer calls are used by the males during the breeding season. Maximum longevity is about 6 years. Use talus slopes or areas of broken rocks near meadows.
Habitat: Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves
Range: Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Western Canada
Information Source: eNature.com