Q: When is a fungus not a fungus?
A: When it's a Birdsnest!
(Sorry about that folks!)
Cyathus striatus. Birdsnest fungus
I found these in my garden while clearing a pile of rotting logs which I think were Spruce (certainly coniferous).
Unfortunately they are never likely to re-appear as there is now a fruitcage on the spot.
As with all the Birdsnest species the spores are born on the "eggs". I'm assuming these were not the freshest specimens when I found them as the outside should be a lot more hairy than in these specimens. Nevertheless something different. Although they don't appear to be particularly rare, I've never seen them anywhere since.