Sounds like a regular thing, but probably not. However, it is Sunday and it is a mushroom although not at all toadstool-like.
After shooting the fog in New Salem yesterday morning, I walked the Norwottuck Railtrail in Amherst and found these-the Striate Bird’s Nest fungus (Cyathus striatus), one of several bird’s nest fungi which you will most likely find grouped with puffballs and earthstars in a field guide.
As you can see, they start as capped fruiting bodies. When they age, the top crumbles away revealing the “nest of eggs”. These are splash cups and, when a rain drop lands square on, the “eggs” which contain the spores are splashed, or ejected, out of the cups. They have a sticky strand which often catches on a twig or other perch. One way the spores are spread is by being eaten and then defecated out similar to some flower seeds.
For comparison, here is an old image of a White-egg Bird’s Nest showing all three stages. The capped fungus sort of looks like a small mushroom pot pie.