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