They’re back…Pinkletinks peep in West Tisbury; see video here

They’re back…Pinkletinks peep in West Tisbury; see video here

Our Lambert’s Cove spotters report in.

Also called chorus frogs or tree frogs, peepers can make quite a racket considering they are barely an inch long. — File photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

The spring peepers, otherwise known as pinkeltinks, are back. After an especially long and cold winter, the sounds of springtime have invaded West Tisbury, surprisingly, several days earlier than last year.

Alex Goethals, of West Tisbury, heard them on Thursday and emailed The Times. “I was working and could hear them from inside [my] house. They are very loud… [and] I live next to a swampy area, so the sound is unavoidable.”

Nancy-Alyce Abbott, of West Tisbury, first heard them around 6:45 PM on Thursday, March 26. Her son Brian heard them and gave a shout, leading Ms. Abbott onto her back porch, which is right off Lambert’s Cove Road, to hear for herself.

“I have been keeping an ear out for them,” she said. “I have kept track of when I have heard them in past years, so I knew it would be anytime now. They usually start ‘singing’ just after sunset, and they really like rainy weather.” Thursday evening was mild and rainy.

Mr. Goethals and Ms. Abbott have competed inpast years to see who can hear the tiny frogs first, then alert the media. This year was no exception, as both heard them on the same day. Mr Goethals, though, was quickest by about two hours. His email to the Times office was timestamped at 4:55 PM; Ms. Abbott’s was 7:08 PM, giving Mr Goethals the unofficial crown for yet another year.

For more background on the the history of the friendly race, or the spring peepers, check out our article last year: mvtimes.com/2014/04/02/jeepers-creepers-marthas-vineyard-loves-its-spring-peepers/.