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Pika pokes its head out

This little guy (or gal) and I played hide and seek for a good while on top Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park last month. I sat patiently in a talus field on a chilly morning well above timberline knowing these little ones would eventually make an appearance.

Fleeting glimpses were all I was having for the longest time and then finally, curiosity got the best of this one. It would pop its head up, have a quick look at me, then disappear. A few seconds later it would then pop back up a few feet away behind a different rock.

This process repeated itself a few times before it finally got brave and realized I meant it no harm. Ever so cautiously it emerged, eventually coming up and sitting on the rock only a few feet away. Together we sat and enjoyed the warmth of the sun and a nice, quiet morning in the Rocky Mountains.

An American Pika cautiously emerges from behind a rock on Trail Ridge Road in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Pika cautiously emerges from behind a rock on Trail Ridge Road in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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