Yes, there is such a thing as a Newfoundland robin: Turdus migratorius nigrideus. As the name suggests, it lives in Newfoundland and nests there. It is larger than the typical robin and much darker. The orange chest is much darker as well. I have seen them in Eastport and Lubec in past years in January.

About 20 years ago, I saw them in a crabapple tree on Lester Street in Portland. This week, for the first time, a large flock landed in my yard in York County.

I suspect that this cold winter has driven them so far south. Never have I seen this subspecies this far south. I would like to know from other knowledgable birders if they have seen our Newfoundland visitor in any other part of the state. My email address is [email protected].

Leslie Eastman

Old Orchard Beach