When September rolls into October in Newfoundland and leaves begin to fall some colours jump out. Few are as dramatic as dogberries. The brilliant red berries are left hanging in bunches through the fall/winter and provide continued snacking for the birds that hang around. It seems they are reserved for those lean winter days and tend not to disappear in fall.
How about as a predicter for a bad winter? When dogberries ripen people tend to consider the severity of winter based on the amount of fruit. More fruit = a rough, cold winter because more fruit is made available for birds. This has been the subject of much consideration. Who knows? My non-scientific monitoring over the past 20 years has shown no correlation. :)
Let's hope for a good one!