Aren't you glad that you are NOT a penquin? In cold areas, up to a third of Penquins weight is blubber, and the Latin name, pinquis means fat. The male penquin incubates the single egg on it's feet, holding it against a bare brood patch on it's abdomen and eating nothing for months. Huddling with other devoted fathers throughout a winter of perpetual frozen nights and swirling blizzards. If , after months away, the female's return with food is delayed, the male feeds the chick "milk" from his crop while they both wait.
Boy am I glad that Hy-Vee grocery store is right down the road.
The birds have slowed down in their eating activity.. It's warmer and no expectant storms to brew here in the mid=west. The red bellied woodpecker was making quite a racket while filling the feeders today. I can hardly wait for another month, all the birds will be making their love songs.