That is a great answer brockware88. Perhaps, if you read this post, you could answer a question for me...
I have the talon of a red-tailed hawk. The son of my best friend found it and gave it to me, it was still fresh, so I wrapped it around a stone and let it cure, it is magnificent and potentially dangerous- talons are very sharp! What kind of magic should I use this in?
This is off subject, sort of, but I hear feathers are great in ritual and magic as well. Try to identify what bird they came from. Also, if you find them in nature be sure to handle them with care; put them in a plastic bag, put bag in freezer for a week, wash hands. Reason being, lice is common to the avian population.