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On Monday, the grayness of the day reflects off of the waters of Ruffins Pond in the Lee Hill area of Spotsylvania as a heron perches on a submerged stump. (DAVE ELLIS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR)
A heron plucks a fish from the Rappahannock River on Thursday. (SUZANNE CARR ROSSI / THE FREE LANCE-STAR)
In a spring ritual the Great Blue Herons have returned to the Rappahannock River below the Falmouth bridge to fish for herring on Thursday. (SUZANNE CARR ROSSI / THE FREE LANCE-STAR)