Splash Cup (Bird’s Nest Fungus)
Small brown cups holding tiny “eggs” that are each attached to the “nest” by a cord. Grows in clusters on dead wood, debris, and wood chips. July–October. Cup small, flared at the top, with tiny whitish “eggs” inside; dark brownish gray; outer texture woolly, interior smooth; each “egg” 1⁄32–1⁄16 inch wide, flattened, attached to cup by a very thin but strong cord. Spore print colorless. Spores magnified elliptical, smooth.
Lookalikes: There are several other members in the bird's nest fungi family, and they all look more or less like tiny bird nests filled with eggs.