On this page are a cedar waxwings, a robin, laughing gulls, and a ring-billed gull.
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Cedar waxwings fly in large groups.
[A sky shot of about 25-30 cedar waxwings in flight.]

They also perch in groups. (Easier to notice in winter when the leaves are gone.)
[Leafless trees with about 20 cedar waxwings on the branches.]

The cedar waxwing is a colorful bird.
[Close view of the bird which has yellow tips to its tail and a yellow lower half of its underbelly. The face has a strip of yellow and a strip of black. The rest of the boyd is tan as is the crest which projects from the back of the head.]

This cedar waxwing is surrounded by robins.
[Five birds are perched in a leafless sycamore tree. The cedar waxwing has one robin on a branch just behind it and three robins on branches spaced out below it. One of the lower robins has its back to the camera, but all the rest are displaying their red breasts.]

The American robin has white around its eyes.
[A robin perched on a branch faces to the left. The brown bird has a red breast except for the lowest part which is white. There is a white ring around the eye with some stripes of black in it. The bill is yellow.]

The robin also has white undersides. From this view its legs look like a couple of sticks pushed into some white foam.
[A robin perched on a branch above the camera and facing away from it. Its head is not visible. Its back and side grey feathers completely surround the white underside. Its skinny black legs come from the middle of the white underside down to the feet on the branch. The branch is about 1.5 inches in diameter.]

The laughing gull has rather long wings for its body size.
[A gull in flight with its wings completing a downward stroke above water. The tips of the wings and its head are grey while the rest of the body is white.]

A laughing gull hoping I would toss some rice cakes its way.
[A gull with a grey head and grey back and feathers, a red bill, and a white belly/underside stares at the camera with its white-ringed black eye.]

During winter the laughing gull's head becomes white. It returns to dark colors (breeding plumage) in the spring.
This one is still sporting a few white feathers near its beak.
[A gull with a grey head and grey back and feathers, a red bill, and a white belly/underside stares sits atop a light in a parking lot and faces to the left. The area around its beak is a mottled with both light and dark colors. The rest of its head has already returned to its dark color.]

I believe this is an immature herring gull.
It was the only one of its kind in with a flock of laughing gulls.
[A gull mottled brown and white coloring with a black ring on its bill is just above the water about to scoop up some bread. Its feet are forward and its wings pulled in somewhat.]

Ring-billed gull. (Not sure if this is juvenile plumage or just winter plumage.)
[A gull standing on concrete blocks showing the right side of its head has a black mark across both halves of its bill with a lighter section visible at the tip as well as the rest of the bill. The legs are a pinkish tan. The body and neck are mostly white, but there is black and grey visible on the wings. The eye seems dark and there re speckles of dark grey along the chest.]

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