There is a pretty amazing cycle going on in the garden. It's probably been going on for a long time, but I'm just more in turn with it now. Each morning the birds arrive just around dawn to 'clean' up the beds and plants from bugs and slugs. Mama and daddy quail arrive with their brood and slip through the wire fence. Dad sits atop a fence post as lookout while mom ushers the babies in and around the 'breakfast table.' Then they scurry over to the in ground garden for their dust baths and have a treat eating the raspberries that have fallen to the ground. Next comes the robins and spotted towhees that eat much bigger bugs.
The hummingbirds sip nectar from the scarlet runner beans, pollinating them. When I water, they like to dance in the mist and fly pretty close to say thank you. My dill is frequented by lady bugs that have kept away the aphids.
Dragonflies and butterflies are plentiful. Of course, there are bees and wasps that do most of the heavy pollinating, and from the looks of the tomatoes, have been quite busy. The 'dance' in the garden is wonderful to watch.