is located at the western edge of the magnificent Texas Hill Country. The
landscape is a unique convergence of the Hill Country and the Chihuahuan
Desert, containing flora and fauna from both of these extraordinary
Eaton Hill Wildlife
Sanctuary is a 37 acre nature park offering over 3 miles of hiking trails
and showcasing a diverse array of plant and wildlife. In addition to the
many wildflowers and varieties of cactus, visitors will encounter numerous
points of interest along the trails as the terrain transforms with nearly
every footstep. Admire Old Glory flying high atop the hill, explore Native
American culture at the replicated dwelling, discover Sonora's wilder
history along the Outlaw Trail, see a painted bunted or perhaps even a
Texas horny toad, and examine marine fossils preserved in the limestone
Several picnic areas
Wildlife Sanctuary trails conveniently connect with the Historic Downtown
Walking Tour featuring the magnificent Sutton County Courthouse, as well
as the beautiful Community Prayer Garden.
sunup 'till sundown, your visit to Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is free
every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks."
educational opportunities continue to expand on Eaton Hill, serving
students as an outdoor science lab, art classroom, and interactive field
trip destination for Pre-K through college levels.
A variety of organizations including artists, birders, Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts have utilized the sanctuary and the possibilities are
limited only by our imaginations.
to arrange a guided tour or special emphasis for your group or
Join the world-wide treasure hunt using your own GPS unit! Two caches are hidden on Eaton Hill and others can be found around town. Visit www.geocaching.com for our coordinates and to learn more about this exciting family adventure.
UP ON EATON HILL
One of the most audacious of
our feathered neighbors happens to be the Bewick’s Wren.
Pronounced like the car – Buick, this little wren was named by
James Audubon in honor of his friend Thomas Bewick; an English naturalist
and skilled woodcarver/engraver who died in 1828, before the bird was
documented in Louisiana.
The Bewick’s Wren is a
cavity nester and is known to take advantage of most anything including
We have observed
the busy little birds attempting to build inside the pocket of a pair of
jeans hung out to dry on the railing of our back porch.
Three species of wrens are
readily found in this area: the House Wren, the Cactus Wren and the
Wren is easily distinguished from the other two by its much larger size
and speckled breast.
House and Bewick’s wrens are similar at a glance; however, House Wrens
appear much more monochromatic in comparison to the Bewick’s Wren.
The Bewick’s sports a tell-tale white stripe above the eye, white
tips on the corner tail feathers, black and white barring along the
outermost tail feathers, and brown and black mottling on the wing and
Like the House Wren,
the Bewick’s is a brownish gray above and lighter beneath.
Both display the wrenish bill – long and slightly curved.
The Bewick’s Wren dines
mainly on insects and spiders which it gleans from the underbrush and
along the foliage of shrubs and trees.
The Male’s song is loud and lovely, consisting of up to 15
Ornithologists have noted that the number and length of the
Bewick’s repertoire varies inexplicably from one region to the next.
Said to have
“personality”, the Bewick’s Wren seems to radiate a gleeful energy,
making them a favorite to observe.
gleeful might be their occasional habit of raiding the nests of other
birds – even other Bewick’s.
all have a dark side I suppose.
the Bewick’s Wren has found Eaton Hill a quite suitable habitat, for
they are abundant up on the hill.
listen for the loud-mouth song and watch for the sassy tail feathers held
up behind the head, you’ll know you’ve spotted a little Cadillac of
the Wren Family, the beloved Bewick’s.
Hit the Trails!
Birds of Eaton Hill
Sonora lies in a major migratory flyway and Eaton Hill provides birders with excellent opportunities to enjoy migratory birds as well as our many year-round and nesting residents. Painted Buntings, Roadrunners, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orioles, Hummingbirds and Black-capped Vireos are a few of the birds who make their homes on Eaton Hill.
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