Each spring, millions of shorebirds migrate north up the Pacific Coast, heading to their breeding rounds in the Arctic. The Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island is one of their important stopover sites. Sanderling are typically one of the most common species on the beach. They are also very interesting to watch, as they are mid-molt (changing of feathers ); individuals are a wide range of colours from near white, to the beautiful orange colour that you see here. This individual was one of the best looking Sanderlings I’ve ever seen.