These doves are hawkish – bird metaphors in real life

The doves in my garden are not quite hawks – they literally take off when the real resident hawk flies by.  But other than predators, they are top bird and peck aggressively when any others try to use the same spot for feeding.

Mourning doves
Mourning doves

And this crow circled round a few times, perched on a post, glided to the ground and then walked a 10-metre curved path to get to the food.  Not exactly “as the crow flies”.

 

As the crow flies
As the crow flies

However, “as black as a crow” is quite accurate:

Crow feeding
Crow feeding