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Concord River at the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge. The bird is a great blue heron. Henry David Thoreau wrote at length about the river in "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers." One excerpt: "The sluggish artery of the Concord meadows steals thus unobserved through the town, without a murmur or a pulse-beat, its general course from southwest to northeast, and its length about fifty miles; a huge volume of matter, ceaselessly rolling through the plains and valleys of the substantial earth with the moccasoned tread of an Indian warrior, making haste from the high places of the earth to its ancient reservoir. The murmurs of many a famous river on the other side of the globe reach even to us here..."

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