Flew over deck and alighted in juniper. Flew downslope with the arrival of flock of bushtits.
Thought it was a tufted titmouse but looks like they are only in the east. Maybe it is an oak Titmouse?
One of a couple Oak Titmouse that I had attempted to photograph during a warm afternoon next to the native plant garden.
The Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. The American Ornithologists' Union split the Plain Titmouse into the Oak Titmouse and the Juniper Titmouse in 1996, due to distinct differences in song, preferred habitat, and genetic makeup.