Medium mushroom with a silky, brown cap that grows on wood. The white gills are not attached to the stem, and become pink to dusty pink as they mushroom matures. There is no ring on the stem.
Inside tree stump, looking down onto the top
Alan Rockefeller ID'ed this on metsa's observation, so I'm going with that :-)
Stem of specimen is a simple stalk. The specimen grew out of a birch limb. There was no latex or obvious bruising from picking. The stalk was brittle, breaking and leaving the base attached to the limb. The smell was mild. The stem was not hollow. The skin on the top of the cap easily peeled off from edge to middle.
I am taking a spore print.
Spore Print was a pinkish beige
Pluteus cervinus, also known as Pluteus atricapillus and commonly known as the deer shield or the deer or fawn mushroom, is a mushroom that belongs to the large genus Pluteus. It is found on rotten logs, roots and tree stumps and is widely distributed. It can also grow on sawdust and other wood waste. Being very variable in appearance, it has been divided into several varieties or subspecies, some of which are sometimes considered species in...