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  1. That's warm for F. velutipes.... a puzzler.
  2. Probably Cortinarius iodes http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cortinarius_iodes.html .
  3. Interesting, but not enough info for a confident ID proposal. Maybe a species of Laccaria? Low confidence here.
  4. I would advise against trusting the flies. Best to know what you're picking to eat.
  5. In NA the name T. caligatum represents a complex of similar species. But, one common feature seems to be that the caps should have brown scales. The T. caligatum that I find here in NE PA grows in a mix of oak/pine and tastes quite bitter. Another ringed Trich similar to the these is T. dulciolens (Champignons du Quebec). But this species also features brown scales on the cap. I don't find T. magnivelare in my area. The ones seen in this discussion fit the description of this species.
  6. IMO, there's still a fair amount of confusion about how to describe/ID the robust late summer species of Gymnopilus found in NA (east of the Rockies). Even the reported spore dimensions for the two "species" are fairly similar. in my experience, these types have spore print color closer to orange than to brown.
  7. That log looks like an old bark-less oak. I think the white mushrooms are Pleurotus pulmonarius. The well-defined stipes would be unusual for Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel Wings). To be absolutely certain of Pleurotus vs. Pleurocybella, spores should be measured (or the type of wood identified). That's a great photo of the Bird's Nest Fungi! Shows the fruit bodies at several stages of development... worthy of appearing in a filed guide. Based upon the radiating grooves seen inside the nests, I think these are Cyathus striatus.
  8. Yes, probably growing from buried wood/roots. The combination of habitat and color of fruit body make this an interesting observation. Additional details would be nice to see.
  9. Here in NE PA last year was a notably productive year for Grifola. Not surprising that there's few to be found at this current point in time --around here as well. Presumably, the Grifola fungus growing on the roots of tree uses a lot of energy/nutrient to produce the large fruit bodies we call "Hen of the Woods" or "Sheep's Head". This may now be a time of reloading for the fungus. Maybe some late ones, though...?
  10. L. psammicola makes sense to me. There are a few other acrid-tasting species with zonate caps similar to L. psammicola. Even the spore morphology seems ambiguous for L. psammicola. From Mushroom Expert, "... isolated, amyloid warts and short ridges that occasionally form partial reticula." This description is somewhat self-contradictory, as isolated warts do not form reticula.
  11. In the photo, the spore print looks to be black. But, a photo does not always well represent color. Not sure what to make of "espresso colored print". Is there any hint of brown or purple? Almost certainly a species of Panaeolus, most of which have jet-black prints. P. foenisecii has a very dark purple-brown print.
  12. White spore print --combined with sticky caramel colored caps, white gills, and stalks with dark bases-- is very good evidence for the Flammulina velutipes proposal. I agree that early September is an unusual time to find this species. What sort of low temperatures have you been experiencing lately?
  13. Really nice photos of some beautiful Chanterelles. Don't know this species. What is the location?
  14. Species of what are called "Inky caps". Notice how the caps are dissolving into a black substance near the margins, and how the gills are black. Probably a species of Coprinellus.
  15. Species of Pholiota... maybe P. aurivella or P. limonella. https://mushroomexpert.com/pholiota_limonella.html
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