Today was also the first day we've seen these mushrooms. Several years ago we saw them growing on this tree but we were too chicken to try them. Since then we've learned a lot about picking wild mushrooms and know this is considered one of the fool proof four.
For the past two years every time we drive past this tree we look for the bright yellow/orange chicken of the woods mushroom. Today as we drove by I thought I saw one, we backed up and sure enough they are just starting to grow on this oak tree. I'll pan fry it tonight and if we really like it, we'll go back tomorrow for more.
I also saw this bolete growing near our driveway. Not sure if it's an edible and I'm not going to risk it.
One more thing to love about fall...wild mushrooms!