There are two distinct colour morphs of Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio, red and grey, with grey being the most common in this area. In fact I have only ever seen one red morph bird in my life, at Point Pelee National Park in 1986. I was discussing this very issue with a friend who is also a long-term birder and he too has only seen one red morph bird, and that quite recently in eastern Ontario.
Thus it was quite remarkable when another friend, John Chan, sent me this photograph he took recently in Hamilton, ON of a red morph bird and a grey morph bird sharing the same cavity.
I do not wish to divulge the precise location on my blog, but John has told me where I can perhaps get to see the birds myself, and I will report back with more pictures if I am successful. Unfortunately the weather today does not look too promising for a road trip with predictions of freezing rain for later in the day, but I will certainly try tomorrow if at all possible.
In the meantime enjoy this picture and join me in sending a warm vote of appreciation to John for sharing it.