Although Spotted Towhees are very common here, I have had a really hard time getting any decent photos of them. They always seem to be way up in the tippy top of a tree or right in a patch of shadow or scooting behind a bush just as I get my camera zoomed in...sigh. This set of photos is the best I've gotten - I think because he was more focused on squawking than flying away.
I tried to move around to get an angle that wasn't such an "upskirt" shot as this one is, but then I ended up with branches in the way. At least you can see his beak open as he squawks.
And I did manage to capture his red eyes. Handsome bird overall, but those eyes are just the teensiest bit creepy.
And here's where he notices me pointing the camera at him...
...and crouches forward to take off. And that was it...he was gone after that. These were all taken at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, CA.