Ebird have started to roll out a new system for Exotic species. These will now be placed into three classes, two of which will count for your ebird year list and the third will not. Once this is established you should be able to return to your checklist and see which of the three classes this observation is placed in. That should be able to help you with a personal decision.I should clarify; I mean my year list. From what I understand, a nonnative species can be counted if it's part of a population that's maintaining itself without human intervention or additional escapes. Currently it doesn't seem to be possible to tell if this population is self-sustaining, since it could very likely have wedding finches periodically added.
I will put this on EBird, though.
There are lots of established peafowl populations all over the US, including many in Texas (you're in Texas, right?). Those are probably countable as well. The bishops (formerly Orange Bishops, now called Northern Red Bishops) in Houston would qualify as well.Well, that just seems like cheating. May as well go to a zoo and start listing birds. Or a pet shop!
I might start a new list of questionable birds, for ones that seem to be establishing themselves but probably don't quite meet the requirements yet. There's feral peafowl in my general area that I think would also fall under that category, though those are far less likely to have much supplementation going on. And I plan to see if I can spot any, what are they called, Red Bishops? in Houston at some point. Cute little things.
Very useful, thank you. Good to know the Egyptian Geese are countable, we have some of them locally.