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Mushroom ID Experts?

 
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Here is one growing in January in Zone 7a - anyone able to identify?
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Hi

To ID mushrooms more information is needed.

To do it right we would need a top, side, underside and inside vertical cut view.
Last but not least a spore print for the spore color.

Bonus points if you could provide a microscopic picture of the spores and where they are attached to the mushroom.

Zone information is nice but region is more important for mushrooms.

If I had to guess - oyster mushrooms.

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I second oyster mushroom. If confirmed with additional information, harvest them, thoroughly cook and enjoy.  
 
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Pretty sure they are deer Shields, pluteus cervinus . Some people eat them, but I don't think they are a choice edible.
 
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Thanks everyone!  I will try to get some more pictures this weekend as Dominik suggests, so we can reach a definitive conclusion.  Sadly, the microscopic picture is beyond my primitive capabilities, so no bonus points for me.  And actually, not sure what is meant by "spore print"?
 
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A spore print is where you lay the mushroom gills down on a piece of paper to determine the color of the spores. However myself I prefer to only eat mushrooms that I know we'll enough to not require a spore print. They don't really look anything like oyster mushrooms nor are they growing on a tree like an oyster would.
 
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It is paramount that you know for absolute certain which mushroom you are collecting, there are many "Look A Likes" in the fungi world and you only get one chance, a mistake can be deadly.

If you can locate a mycologist do so and get them to give you a definitive ID.
Even if you have really good books, ID of a mushroom can be Iffy.

Redhawk

(Those are not Oyster mushrooms as others have mentioned, they are not growing on a tree trunk or stump, this eliminates them as Oysters).
 
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Here are a couple more pics as requested. They are growing on a stump which is flush with the ground.
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Look a lot like oyster!
 
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