Yesterday's unseasonably warm weather lured me out to the woods to check on my wool mushroom installation.
It isn't hard to spot it in its perch now that the snow has melted
When I last checked on it, some little critter had been nibbling on the cap and veil. Now, it seems those nibbles have turned to gnaws. A good 1/3 of the cap has been pulled off, the veil is gone, and the stem juts out horizontally from the tree, indicating that it is being used as perch for said nibbler's gnawing. (I'm guessing there's a pine squirrel with a very cozy den nearby)
I spotted a few tufts of wool and a gill in leaf litter below.
And I still think there may have been attempts to burrow into the wool-lined knot in the tree. I thought about pulling it out to have a look but wanted neither to disturb the piece nor get some unknown nibbler jumping out onto my face, so I let it be.
Already the progression is interesting, from its fully in-tact autumn self to its snow-covered slightly nibbled look, to its now-gnawed posture against December greys.
I can't wait to see what happens next.