I'm guessing that this bird-planted thing is Cotoneaster franchettii
One of my favorites this time of year is Euonymus europaeus. The rest of the growing season, it's just a heap of green.
Speaking of plants that are pretty much a snooze most of the year but that I am glad to have around in the fall - Callicarpa 'Profusion.'
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
The rain finally let up yesterday and it was wonderful to feel the sun again. Hopefully I'll be able to plant bulbs on Saturday even though there is supposed to be rain all day. In the pacific northwest, sometimes we just have to tug on the rubber boots and work wet.