Thanks for the report Rick. I was at Seney NWR all day Saturday, Sunday and the first half of Monday...wish I had known you were there, we could have met in person. I did meet and spend some time photographing Loons with someone that knew you...Joe N from over by the Soo.
As for the Loons, I saw a pair in F Pool that had a large young one, a pair in D Pool with a pair of small ones still riding on the parents, a pair in G (if I remember right) with two large youngsters, a pair in the Pool with the Loon observation dock that had one big one and a pair in C Pool with one small one that is still riding. There were also a couple singles which I thought was a bit strange. I'll post some photos later this week or weekend...lots to sort through.
Like you I did notice a lot of Monarchs this trip and there seems to be a lot of milkweed growing this year too. You are right about the ticks...Wow! Standing in the tall grass by the pools to get closer to water level was kind of like inviting them to a party where I was the main course
Maybe we will run into each other on another trip.