Grey fungus?

Grey fungus?

Observation - Grey fungus?. Description: A thick mat of grey 'something' that has long thin filaments all over it but it feels like a soft, spongy, furry cat to touch (in fact, I thought it WAS a dead cat at first!). It's all around the base of my neighbour's bird feeder pole, which contains the

A thick mat of grey 'something' that has long thin filaments all over it but it feels like a soft, spongy, furry cat to touch (in fact, I thought it WAS a dead cat at first!). It's all around the base of my neighbour's bird feeder pole, which contains the usual seed mix, peanuts, etc, and is covering the grass there. Filaments stand about 10cm tall and have little nodules at their tops. In eight years we've never seen this before - but it's a new pole this year.