I mentioned that if you keep an eye out, you might be lucky enough to come across some oysters. Well sure enough I was driving along and spotted a familiar shape at the foot of a tree off the side of the road.
I pulled over and took a few photos of the clusters.
They are browner than I normally find and they were very, very waterlogged from a full night of thunderstorms, so I didn't pick any to bring home. I still am not 100% certain they were oysters since I could not take a spore print. Even if they were they were, I still probably would have left them since they were a little older than I like. Check out http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pleurotus_ostreatus.html for more specifics about oyster mushrooms.
At first I thought they were clusters of honey mushrooms (Armillaria mellea) which are found around here in late summer and fall. [see http://www.mushroomexpert.com/armillaria_mellea.html for more information on honey mushrooms]. Upon closer inspection they were missing the rings around the stalks and other tell-tale signs of honeys. I have been told by other hunters that oysters often look like honeys after they freeze once or twice.
It just goes to show you that a few warm days and a little moisture (or in this case a lot) and you can satisfy your taste for wild mushrooms even in the dead of winter.