I scanned the bush ahead, my eyes searching for anything that might be the answer. My mum, sister, her friend and I were on a Tauranga KCC un-nature trail – which means we have to find things that don’t belong in the bush. So far we had found coat hangers, buckets, forks, pegs, and other unusual items. Unfortunately, we were now well and truly stumped. “Ooh, I’ve got it!” Mum cried. We begged her to give us a clue, but she was like a steel trap. Soon my sister and her friend had found it, and I was the only one left looking. Aha! I found it! A brown pair of scissors sat camouflaged with a punga stump a metre from the track.
As we continued down the trail, we noticed a family ahead had stopped, and the father had this phone out. As we got closer, we heard a recording playing from his device; the excited twitter of a robin. He told us that he was trying to get a robin to reply back. “There’s a robin, see?” The bird was much easier to spot than the pair of scissors. He came onto the path, jerking his head in confusion at the invasion of us giants. He stayed for a while, then flew off back into the canopy.
Below is a drawing I did of a robin. The reference is a photo of the robin Old Blue who my grandmother has a framed picture of:
By Flora, age 13, KCC Tauranga