As I drove into the yard yesterday, I stopped opposite of my anti-bird cage as I was waiting for some dear friends to show up. I noticed some movement near the cage which turned out to be a mocking bird. He had jumped from the ground to the netting about 2’ off of the ground. He starting pecking and pulling at the netting looking for an opening. Finding nothing he jumped back to the ground and starting walking along the bottom edge pecking again at the netting looking for an opening. What he didn’t realize is that the netting didn’t end at the ground but extended along the ground for a least a foot away from the enclosure. He was standing on the extended part. While he surveyed the netting from one end to the other Linda pointed out another mocking bird that flew to the top corner of the cage and started looking for an entrance on the upper part of the cage. He too was pecking and pulling on the netting trying to find a weak spot. Not to be out done, a third mocking bird flew to the other end of the cage and started walking down the lower edge also looking for an opening. He also was walking on the extended portion along the ground. Linda and I sat there for a least 5 minutes watching them, thoroughly amused by their antics. I would have stayed longer but as we were waiting on friends to show up to go out to lunch with us and Linda had to go in for a minute or two before they arrived, so we cut it short. I wished I would have had a video camera to record them in action. Up to this time the birds have only been watching and studying from the rooftops, trees, and power lines around the house but today they moved into action. Perhaps they know that the figs are getting close to ripening.