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Mockingbird Branch Watershed in Delaware

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                                                  Mockingbird Branch Watershed

Watershed Description

Mockingbird Branch drains the southwestern corner of Delaware west of the town of Delmar.

Watershed Area:  5,718 acres (2,314 hectares)

Location:  Southwestern Sussex County in southwestern Delaware between Broad Creek on the north and Wicomico River on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Mostly agricultural watershed with flat terrain that gradually slopes west.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural field covers more than half of the watershed.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest ranks #2 as the largest vegetation community.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest is #3 and Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest ranks #4.  Cultivated lawn finishes the list at #5.

Mockingbird Branch Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers

(Top 5 for 2007)

Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 2,732.00 1,106.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 626.00 253.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 395.00 160.00
Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest 327.00 132.00
Cultivated Lawn 319.00 129.00

     *The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.

Managed Lands


Links of Interest


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Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available


One map vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format.  The map is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes.  Email for shapefile requests.