This is a Spotted Towhee (image found on photobucket). I happened to glance out my window today and saw a bird hopping around my backyard. I grabbed my binoculars but instead of getting overwhelmed the way I usually do as I try to remember every little detail, I recited them aloud: Black head and neck, white chest, white spots on wings, white on tip of tail, red eyes.
Then he flew away. But when I picked up my bird guide and thumbed through, I found a match. And sure enough, the description matched mine.
That, my friends, was a very satisfying birding moment for this bad birdwatcher.