The pika are very busy gathering food and nesting material to sustain them during the coming winter which is not far off now. They furiously run from their home to the nearby greenery on the tundra, grab a bunch of material, then run back to their home to deposit it.
For little guys, they move extraordinarily fast and catching action shots of them is a real challenge. I managed a few shots of this one as it went about its seasonal prep, this one being my favorite. It is entirely airborne and, check out those tiny pads on its little front feet! Crazy cute!
It is said this species of pika may become a victim of a warming climate. Studies suggest the American pika is being driven to higher elevations in search of cooler temperatures. They can, however, only go so far before they run out of room and are no longer able to find the environment they need to survive.