They’re baaaaack: Pinkletinks mean spring is (almost) here

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

Peeps around Farm Pond, peeps near Lambert’s Cove….sounds like pinkletinks are at it again.

Almost three weeks earlier than last year’s earliest report, readers and peeper-spotters have called or written to let us know that the heralds of spring have been heard.

Pinkletinks, also known as chorus frogs, prefer marshy ecosystems, and early reports often come from Lambert’s Cove, where Alex Goethals, and other neighbors, including Nancy Abbott, compete in a friendly annual contest to determine who has heard the first peeper. This year, Alex wrote us first, on Wednesday, March 9. “They are making some noise right about now,” he said in an email.

In a story by Nathaniel Horwitz describing the Lambert’s Cove Peeper competition, MVTimes Wildside columnist Matt Pelikan confirmed that the marsh and wetland charicteristics of the Lambert’s Cove area contributed to its being host to so many early, and vocal, peepers. “They can become almost deafening when you’re up close, he said. “Physically painful.”

For those Islanders who are pinkletink-deprived, you can catch the soundtrack here:

Listen to them!