Sometimes a stick is just a stick..nothing more. There is no need to read so much into it.
As for you seeing the little red bird , it means nothing more than you encountering a rare bird specises. Colourful birds are very rare in my country but still occasionally , i do see them . Perhaps you were not paying much attention to your surroundings and the nature around you in the past?
As for the giangatic winged bird shadow that you saw , i would say that it is nothing more than the positioning of the sun which causes the reflection of the shadow to be so large , nothing more than that. So there is no need to read so much into it.
And to the above poster that said that it could be a phoneix , I would like to tell you that a phoneix is a fiery red bird that have wings of fire and is sometimes even potrayed as purely fire itself.And of course , such a thing do not exist on this plane of existence.