Last year I saw what I thought were the remnants of a hen of the woods on a big oak. I thought this year I'm not going to miss it. This week I went to that tree and low and behold all around the base of that same tree were huge Berkeley's polypores. Not hens at all, but a very similar mushroom. This leads me to believe that people last year that said they were finding hen of the woods, this time of the year, were actually finding the Berkeley polypore. I think and am fairly sure it's a little too early for Hens. The base of the Berkeley polypore and underneath looks just like a hen of the woods. I always find hens later in cooler weather just like fall oysters.