We have so many of these coming to our feeding areas. Most spend the winter. Ours are called Oregon Juncos. Usually nice little birds but they do chase the black-capped chickadees away. The chickadees are now trying to build a nest in our birdhouse. They have done that two past springs already; but this year the Juncos keep chasing them away. Fun watching all of the above.
Saw titmouse (for plural do we say, titmice??) Anyway , spotted them when we used to spend part of our winters hiking and birdwatching in S. CA. Easy to miss because they are so small. Thanks for posting.
We don't have any of these beauties in our area but I have seen many in Hawaii (when I ran along trails on the Big Island) years ago. And also in hills south of Tucson, Arizona I encountered a lovely female in the bush along the trail. I stopped and gazed at her even as she looked at me. She remained still for the longest time (or so it seemed) until she finally flew away and I moved on down the trail.