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This hawk has stolen the News4Jax tower cam and our hearts

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4Jax doesn’t have an official mascot, but perhaps it’s time that we do. Especially now that a hawk and its fledgling have taken a shine to our tower cam on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

On Monday, newsroom employees and viewers alike were delighted to see the red-tailed hawk perched in front of our camera atop the tower with a rodent (and eventual snack) clenched in its talons.

But our fascination with this bird of prey didn’t end there. By Tuesday afternoon, a hawk-eyed staffer noticed the hawk (the jury is still out on its name) had returned with a fledgling and another meal.

The story was the same on Wednesday when we witnessed the pair feasting on a variety of wildlife, from smaller birds to squirrels. 

WATCH: Hawk analysis from Jacksonville Zoo's senior bird keeper
SLIDESHOW: Hawk feeds hatchling atop News4Jax tower cam

Baby hawkWe’re not ashamed to admit we sat here devouring our sandwiches while watching the hawk tear a smaller bird to shreds and feed bite-sized morsels to its baby. It’s cute -- in spite of the cannibalism.

Since this hawk has apparently adopted us, we thought it fitting that he or she receive a name. 

We asked for your suggestions about a potential name and you answered.

After boiling the decision down to three names -- Toni Hawk, Radar, Sky Hawk 4 -- we put it to a vote. And you all decided on Radar.


About the Authors:

A Florida transplant with Midwest roots, Garrett Pelican is the digital executive producer for News4Jax.

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.