Birds: A pair of mockingbirds are using our blueberry bushes as bird feeders, plucking juicy berries with impunity. Even garden netting can't keep them entirely at bay, though it does help. Worse than the berry pinching is their routine 6 a.m. wake up calls.
Bees: The good news is that the bees are plentiful this year and happily pollinating our tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers. New York City legalized bee keeping last year, which seems to be paying dividends in cucumbers, eggplants and tomatoes.
Other bugs are not so pleasant. Our garden has been attacked by aphids all season, from the arugula to our rosebushes. To control the problem, we've been spraying our plants with soapy water to wash them off the plant (yes, just a few squirts of regular dish liquid and water will do.) We follow up by spraying Ortho organic insecticide on the leaves. We're also trying to reduce the ant population on our terrace. Ants, we've learned, cultivate aphids (they like a certain nectar the aphids secrete.) We're using Combat ant killer, squirting the gel on hard surfaces like the terrace tiles and the rims of pots. The combination of the two insecticides seems to be working well - though vigilence is a must.
Each year we go through these traumas (or similar ones) and it really is quite frustrating. But I know the joys of gardening will come back when the tomatoes still on the vine ripen and I taste their juicy goodness!