This is a query for the hummingbird enthusiasts out there. During the last several years I have paid a lot more attention to hummingbirds in my yard than usual. I have been getting one-three Calliope Hummingbirds every fall and have noticed that though all of my Calliope Hummingbirds will forage at feeders at any height (my lowest feeder is three feet off the ground, my highest is eight) they seem to take low perches (often in my lantana or sunflower thickets) whenever available.
This is is stark contrast to all the other hummingbirds (Black-chinned, Ruby-throated, Broad-tailed, Rufous, and even the exceptionally rare Anna's) that regularly visit; all of which seem to prefer higher perches (generally on dead limbs, mid- to upper-level in my live-oaks or pecans).
Being in Lubbock, I have a pretty low sample size but wonder if others out there have noted a tendency for Calliope Hummingbirds to take low perches?