Up before dawn to witness the possibility of an enhanced sunrise brought about by the effects of the volcanic dust emanating from the eruption in Iceland. Well, it was all rather inauspicious and disappointing I'm afraid and possibly my enthusiasm was way in front of the potential effect!!
Much of the day was spent organizing matters associated with the BTO Atlas either at home or at the RSPB's office at Gruinart. In some senses little seemed to have changed with no new falls of migrants apparent. At Gruinart around 40 Sand Martin fed above the pools, a fine pair of Red-breasted Merganser was present and some newly arrived Black-tailed Godwit in tremendous summer plumage were present. Appreciable numbers of Barnacle Geese still remain around at least both Gruinart and Ronnachmore,although the southern Rinns was devoid of birds suggesting their movement away.
On Loch Indaal noticeable numbers of Great Northern Divers were about , but no concentrations as before. A flock of Red-breasted Merganser south of Traig an Luing provided entertainment as they cavorted around in the waters close to the shore.