Actually the post title is kind of misleading. This is an eastern towhee, a common bird according to All About Birds, but one that never has shown up in the small garden. It stays mostly in low shrubbery and bushes and very rarely ventures into open areas. I only have a small, slightly pathetic azalea bush in the garden; the rose bushes are in containers on the patio. It is not exactly the type of habitat that the eastern towhee inhabits.
So imagine my surprise when I came home for lunch (these birds only show up at lunchtime for some reason?) and saw the towhee on the bird table. I wish the picture was a little sharper, but I was trying to keep the sun from flaring in the snapshot. And, yes, he does have a red eye.
Now if I only knew what happened to the Baltimore oriole. . .