Thanks for the response.
1.) OEM motor / correct for furnace.
2.) Sealed well with aluminum tape at all seams.
3.) Good steady power.
4.) No slippage, motor is secure and quiet, no vibration.
I took the air inducer off this evening, even though it runs well and is less than a year old. I looked at the fan blades and found some light rust but not enough to cause a problem. I then inspected the inside of the inducer housing and I could see most of the interior, except where the dead bird was blocking my view... Furnace is now running like new. Thanks for the help, I'll definitely be back.