There’s still a week left of winter, but the seasonal harbingers already have signaled spring’s arrival. On Sunday, Alex Goethals reported the first pinkletinks of the year sounding their call at Lambert's Cove.

Mr. Goethal’s report was seconded by Nancy-Alyce Abbot, who said the hardy spring peepers were singing a symphony near her Lambert’s Cove home on Monday. Beldan and Dave Radcliffe also reported pinkletinks at Pilot Hill Farm in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday.

"The Pinkletinks are tinkling loudly outside our house this evening!  What a wonderful sign spring is here!", Mrs. Radcliffe wrote.

The little frogs — no more than an inch and a quarter in length —  annually remind us that just as winter’s stillness grows dull, a new, hopeful song can pierce through the muck.