This young red-shouldered hawk may have been born this year, but he wasn't born yesterday ... notice he's smart enough to get out of the heat and into some shade.
I took these photos a few weeks ago when the pond was almost dry (again). The hawk was perched in a willow that overlooked the two tiny puddles. It was a pretty good ambush spot for thirsty birds and randy frogs that were attracted by the promise of water.
I think things are quite different down at the pond right now, because we had a whopper of a thunderstorm last night with wall rattling thunder and torrential rains.
I was not allowed to go out during the storm and check out the pond water levels, but I will today after work.
I know the frogs were really singing as the rain fell in torrents, so I am expecting to find actual water in my pond.