Do you see what I first spotted after taking this picture?
Bottom right, at the front of the hive - a lizard. At first I thought oh no, another predator eating my bees!
After watching it for awhile, the lizard went back to its clean up patrol, eating dead bees along the front porch of the hive.
My bee mentor confirmed later that lizards play an important role around a hive, keeping the area clean.