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Kentucky Color: The Great Holly Berry Heist

Perpetrators are so fast they almost defy detection. Historical account with two trustworthy witnesses: The narrator, himself, and Mr. Richard Phelps
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By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc.
6048 New Columbia RD, Campbellsville, KY

On January 12, 2010 I was alerted to the fact that there was a great Holly Berry Heist taking place right underneath our noses here in Adair County, Kentucky. Mr. Richard Phelps, businessman, regionally renowned character actor, and story teller observed this crime being perpetrated at the corner of Greensburg Street and South High Street during daylight hours.

On January 13, I then set out to investigate the alleged crime, follow some of the leads given to me by Mr. Phelps, and to document evidence for future reference. I had, coincidently just a week earlier, taken a photo of beautiful Holly Berries across the street from the President's Residence on Lindsey Wilson College's Campus and of course thought this would be a great place to begin my investigation.

Upon arrival I very quickly observed that these Holly Berries had also disappeared. It didn't take long for my lightning quick mind (Sherlock Holmes eat your heart out) to arrive at the conclusion that this was a community wide heist.

In my interview with Mr. Phelps, due to observations I had made at prior crime scenes concerning the sudden disappearance of Crabapples, I surmised that the alleged berry burglars might be European Starlings. Mr. Phelps advised me that they appeared to be Red-Breasted Robins. This of course was not an error on my part for I was only using investigative skills that are honed to a razor's edge of perfection and are known only to the most elite of investigators.

More of these same superior investigative skills led me to Mr. Phelps' residence to gather more information. Upon arrival I was immediately confronted by a real life scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds. Robins by the hundreds maybe even thousands were devouring the thousands of Holly Berries in his and Ms. Bea Beard's yards at the corner of Lowes Lane and Jamestown Steet.

Next and at the risk of being attacked by the frenzied burglaring birds or worse being bombarded by processed berry residue I set about finalizing this investigation with my trusty camera.

So, case solved, evidence documented, and if you have an American Holly Tree in your yard than expect that "The Birds" will be showing up soon.

This story was posted on 2010-01-14 06:59:43
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Great Holly Berry Heist: Before

2010-01-14 - LIndsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Before the heist: American Holly across the street from the President's Residence on Lindsey Wilson's Campus January 6, 2010, prior to the Great Holly Berry Heist.-Billy Joe Fudge
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The Great Holly Berry Heist: Feeding frenzy

2010-01-14 - Lowes LN, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Feeding Frenzy on Lowe's Lane: Most of us only identify the American Robin as singular birds pulling earthworms from our lawns and paired up to raise their families in the trees and shrubbery in our landscapes, but Robins flock up during the winter to eat seeds while eating earthworms is not practical.
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The Great Holly Berry Heist: After Robber Robins flee

2010-01-14 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc., 6048 New Columbia RD, Campbellsville, KY. After Heist: Tree at Lindsey Wilson. American Holly is dioecious which means that the trees are either male or female with of course only the female bearing fruit.
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