The Welsh bog in which Disco Tony was tagged was a particularly challenging environment to work in, being characterised by high tussocky grass. Tony Cross has been part of the team in Wales since the first bird was tagged there in 2012. On capturing this Cuckoo, Tony had to do a hopping, balancing, disco dance of a run to retrieve it. To honour Tony’s commitment to the project, and of course his disco antics, Disco Tony seemed appropriate.
As a side note, Tony Fox, current Chairman of BTO Council, previously coined the name ‘disco grass’ for this high tussocky terrain, making Disco Tony even more appropriate.